Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
|Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Colfax County, New Mexico, USA|
|Nearest city||Raton, NM|
|Area||3,699 acres (1,497 ha)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service|
The Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, located in the high central plains of northeastern New Mexico, was established in 1965 as a feeding and resting area for migratory birds. Over 350 acres (1.4 km2) of the refuge are planted with wheat, corn, barley, and alfalfa to provide food for resident and migratory wildlife. Visitors may see bald and golden eagles, falcons, hawks, sandhill cranes, ducks, white pelicans, burrowing owls, great horned owls, black-tailed prairie dogs, coyotes, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and the occasional elk.