What's New at Bombay Hook

  • The Blue Heron Gift Shoppe has closed for the winter. It will reopen in March
  • Photo Gallery.

    We are adding the photographs taken at Bombay Hook. To submit a photgraph please e-mail us at Friends.



    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.


  • New to bird watching or just curious about the birds in your back yard? A young friend of ours recommends the "Guide to Bird-Watching from Your Window." You will find that site and many others listed in our Web Links Page.
  • Homework help - our web links have been a homework resource. If you have, or someone you know has, a homework assignment that involves nature then our web links may be a good resource. Click Homework here to go there.
  • The November 1, 2016, edition of the Friends' Newsletter has been posted. Click on the image to read it. The next issue will be available in March, 2017.
  • Friends puts your dues and donations to work. Friends has reciently donated:

    1. A 72" 4K, Ultra HD, television;
    2. A streaming Wi-Fi Blu-ray player;
    3. A laptop for PowerPoint presentations and Internet conferencing;
    4. The annual supply of seed for birdfeeders around the Visitor Center

    The above image shows the realative sizes of the new 72" and the old 42" TVs.

    Friends supports:

    1. The annual Native Plant Symposium;
    2. Transportation cost reimbursement for school trips to Bombay Hook; and
    3. Sponsorship for High School Co-Op Students at Bombay Hook
  • Thank you for your support!
  • The structural stabilization of the Allee House has been completed. Work to improve drainage around the house will be done next spring. Neither the renovation, nor furnishing, of the interior has been funded. For more information please click here.
  • A Dover Post article presented the schedule for the Junior Ranger & Junior Refuge Manager programs. These programs are for children ages 7-11. The meetings are monthly from November through April with additional meetings in June and August. Space is limitted, please registeer by calling 302-653-9345 or e-mailing tina_watson@fws.gov.
  • Geese

  • The Friends of Bombay Hook Bird Club Schedule of 2017 Bird Walks is available on their page. You can find it by clicking here.

  • Photos from the Pros - Award winning photographers Joe del Tufo and Jim Corse of Moonloop Photography have demonstrated their talents with photographs ranging from portrates and weddings to architecture and nature. Geographically their photography has taken them from their base in Philadelphia to Mexico City and London. One location they keep returning to is Bombay Hook. Please enjoy December Wildlife Excursion, Spring at Bombay Hook and Bombay Hook's Kit Foxes.
  • "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.
  • The Delaware State News interviewed a 91 Year Dover resident, Rennie Quible. One of her thoughts that the article shared is about our Refuge "... she’s found her “serenity place” — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Whitehall Neck Road in Smyrna. “I go there for the birds, the trees, the quiets, the snow, the heat, the flies,” she said. “I love it.” You can read the full article here.
  • Hit the trail: The Delaware Outdoor Trail, a collection of more than 60 activities at over 40 statewide locations, ranging from the rolling hills of Delaware’s wooded north to its southern beaches and bays. Read about the trail locations, and how it works and how to get started.
  • 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.

    The Bombay Hook Garden Keepers are garden enthusiasts who meet monthly to learn about gardening with native plants in the mid-Atlantic region; they maintain the native landscape around the refuge Visitor Center. Their meetings and special events are posted on the Events Calendar page of the web site.
  • Help Friends by participating in a fundraising opportunity through Redners grocery stores: When you shop at Redners using your Pumps Perks card, save your receipt and hand in the entire receipt at the Visitor Center store. Over $2000 in Redners receipts have already been turned in. At $5000, Friends qualifies to get the first 1% back! Find the location of the nearest Redners warehouse market here.
  • Amazon Smile is another great way to help. Amazon will donate a percentage of the sale of Smile eligible items to The Friends of Bombay Hook. Log in to Smile here.

  • See a slideshow of images taken at Bombay Hook by refuge volunteer and Friends' member Karen Dever on the Photogallery page.
  • Friends is now on Facebook! Check out our page here and be sure to post.

Follow Friends on Facebook


Follow the Friends of Bombay Hook on Facebook:
Click on the icon at right to go to our Facebook page.

The Friends of Bombay Hook web site is hosted by IDV.net , a leading internet and network service provider in the Delaware Valley.