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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge (and aliens)

Our slow trip back North went through the famous city of Roswell, New Mexico.  We skipped the UFO museum in favor of a walk through Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. 

The water percolates up from the water table which is fed from the faraway mountain runoff and is so alkaline that plants and trees will not grow.  Add the freshwater of the Pecos River to the mix and an Audubon wonderland comes to life.  We saw countless types of waterfowl including plovers, pipers, ducks, Giant Egrets and American White Pelicans. 

Desolate and beautiful--amazing that this place is an essential home to thousands of migrating birds.