"Even today, less than 100 miles from the nation's capital, the Delmarva Peninsula remains one of the best places in the world to witness the mysteries of bird migration ..."

Read the complete article by Laura Helmuth, The Washington Post, Thursday, August 29, 2019

What's New at Bombay Hook

  • NewsletterLatest Newsletter HunterPartial Refuge Hunting Closures 2019 Symposium2019 Native Plant Symposium Bridge PavingPaving the Bear Swamp Bridge Blue Heron Gift ShoppeBlue Heron Gift Shoppe
    New Federal Duck Stamp
    In the NewsFound in the news VolunteersVolunteers at Bombay Hook NWR House Wren Workshop
    House Wren Workshop
    Event CalendarEvent Calendar Calendars Bird Club CalendarBird Club Calendar
  • Please take a look at the Event Calendar as it includes new events that were added on August 26.
  • The September 1, 2019, edition of the Friends' Newsletter has been posted. Click on the image to read it. The next issue will be the November 1, 2019, issue.

    Speaking of Newsletters, we now have added back issues all the way back to Issue 1 to our list of available newsletters. There are a few issues missing from our archive, if you have one of these that we could please let us know. You can reach us through the Contact Us page here.

    Take a look at the May and October, 2012, issues for an interesting history of Bombay Hook NWR. To see all of the available issues please click here.
  • Canvas Tote Bag Blue Heron Gift Shoppe

    The Friends' Store is open.

    Normal store hours are 10-2, Monday through Friday. Our store is staffed by volunteers so there may be some exceptions.

  • 2019 Duckstamp The new 2019 Federal Duck Stamp is now available for purchase at Bombay Hook's Visitor Center. (Last years expires June 30th.) The stamp costs $25.00 and provides entrance to all National Wildlife Refuges throughout the United States. REMINDER - You need to have cash or check to purchase the Federal Duck Stamp at Bombay Hook.
  • Bombay Hook is a coastal stronghold. As reported by the Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times a study by The Nature Conservancy for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified Bombay Hook as one of the costal stronholds in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
  • 100,000 Visitors from 46 States and 12 Countries

    A Delaware Attraction - Governor Carney, DNREC, Delaware Tourism and U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel toured Bombay Hook NWR. This Delaware State News article describes why Bombay Hook is a top Delaware attraction as the state hopes to draw even more than last year's 100,000 people to the state.

    In a later State News article Gov. Carney commented about Bombay Hook. He stated “We saw so much wildlife, and birds. The amount of ducks there was unreal and the diversity of birds was amazing.”
  • Bob Duchesne, VP of Maine Audubon's Penobscot Valley Chapter, visited seven National Wildlife Reserves including Bombay Hook. Writing in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News he said "National Wildlife Refuges are way-cool places to go birding. As enlightened rangers will tell you: National Parks are for people; Refuges are for critters. Some of the best birding in America takes place in NWRs." You knew that didn't you!

  • Photo Gallery.

    There are new photographs in the Gallery that were sent to us by people like you. Send us your photgraphs at Friends. (If you have a problem using the link to send your pictures, copy and paste this address bombayhook@del.net into your favorite e-mail program's "Send to" space.)

  • Delaware Trails lead to Bombay Hook NWR. You know that Bombay Hook is a part of the Delaware Birding Trail. And sure, Bombay Hook should be a part of the Delaware Outdoor Trail. How about the The Delaware History Trail? Bombay Hook is a part of that Delaware Trail as well. One part of our history is the Allee House. Another bit of our history can be seen along the Parson Point Trail.

  • For those of you that want to know how the Friends organization works, our bylaws have changed. Read them by clicking here.

  • Amazon Smile is great way to help your Friends. Amazon will donate a percentage of the sale of Smile eligible items to The Friends of Bombay Hook. Log in to Smile here.

  • National Conservation Training Center - Monarch Butterfly Conservation Series registration and schedule.

    You must register to participate in these programs. You can see the schedule and register by clicking on the above link.


  • The Friends of Bombay Hook Bird Club Schedule of 2018-19 Bird Walks is available on their page. You can find it by clicking here.

  • "Bombay Hook is among the most famous birding locations in the eastern United States." So states the Audubon Society in the Bombay Hook section of Birding in Delaware.
  • Be sure to read 50 Great (and Neat) Native Plants for Delaware Gardens, published by Quentin Schlieder of the Bombay Hook Garden Keepers. Use it as a reference when reading Quentin's articles in upcoming editions of the Friends' newsletter and as a resource to help you with your backyard planting.

    Are you a fan of Bombay Hook, gardening and native plants? Contact Karen Dever at 302-653-8322 or e-mail her about Bombay Hook's gardens.

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