What's New at Bombay Hook
- The Visitor Center is closed on WEEKENDS starting July 1 until September 1, 2018.
Please see the UPDATED Calendar as lots of changes were made on 8-14-18.
- The 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp is available for purchase at Bombay Hook's Visitor Center. 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.
- From the Delaware State News, Shay Wilson, 13, a 7th grader at Saint Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, started a research project to assist Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge with studying the monarch butterfly population at the refuge. Shay worked with refuge biologists to survey populations and improve monarch habitat. She presented her results and conclusions at the Delaware Environmental Education Association Conference and the Saint Anne’s Science Fair. Shay also volunteers in the annual horseshoe crab surveys at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Friends of BH Photo Contest Winners: You are welcome to pick up your photos and ribbon at the visitor center starting Friday, June 15
during regular business hours or pick them up on the next 3 weekends before the visitor center closes on weekends for the season. Thank you all again
for participating and supporting the Friends of Bombay Hook!
We will be having a contest again next spring, so get to "shooting"!!! Fyi - we will be adding more categories including Cell Phone photos that can be enlarged to 5"x 7".
Click on the image to the right to see the winning photographs!
The Friends' Store is now closed. It will open again in September.
By the way, our new 2018 T-Shirts are available. Both designs mention our place on the Atlantic Flyway.We have listed some popular items from our Blue Heron Gift Shoppe here.
- The May 1, 2018, edition of the Friends' Newsletter has been posted. Click on the image to read it. The next issue will be the May 1, 2018, 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 Octorber, 2012, issues for an interesting history of Bombay Hook NWR. To see all of the available issues please click here.
A Girl Scout Troop sent us a thank you and a gift. The thank you was for our Weblinks Page. The gift was a link to a Site for the Young Birder which we have added to our listing of Bird and Birding websites. Take a look at it, you will find a lot of good information there. Thanks, girls!
- Bombay Hook is a coastal stronghold. As reported by the Smyrna-Claton 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 CountriesA 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!
Things To Do at Bombay Hook
Maybe you would like your 7-11 year old to learn about nature as a Junior Ranger. Here are the dates - Junior Ranger.
How about a tour of Bombayhook? First time at Bombay Hook, how is the refuge managed, what are the impoundments? We have a Tour for You.
What days can you visit Bombay Hook NWR for free? We have dates for you and your todler and preschooler, and other dates for everyone. Look at our free dates.
Are you a hunter, or do you need to know how to avoid the hunters then this is information you need.
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.
- The Friends of Bombay Hook Bird Club Schedule of 2017 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org into your favorite e-mail program's "Send to" space.)
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.