What's New at Bombay Hook

  • 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!

  • National Geographic 1/1/2018
    National Geographic's January issue features an article titled Why Birds Matter. It's not just one article. At the begining of the article they state, "In 2018 we'll explore the wonder of birds, and why we really can't live without them."

  • Blue Heron Gift Shoppe
    Our Blue Heron Gift Shoppe is now closed. It will reopen in March, 2018, after a long winter's nap! Have a Safe Winter!!!

    We have listed some popular items from our Blue Heron Gift Shoppe here.

  • Where there's smoke there is a controlled burn. As reported in the December 6 issue of the Dover Post a controlled burn will occur between now and April 15, 2018. The burn, which will be done when conditions are right, is designed to benefit grassland dwelling birds. Read more by clicking HERE.
  • A special thanks to all those Bird Club volunteers who made the November 11 "Feeding Backyard Birds" Workshop with the DE Breast Cancer Coalition ladies a fantastic success.
  • Bombay Hook is a costal 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 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!
  • The November 1, 2017, edition of the Friends' Newsletter has been posted. Click on the image to read it. The next issue will be the March 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.
  • Partial Closure for Hunting

    Are you a hunter, or do you need to know how to avoid the hunters, then this is the information you need this January.

  • You Need to Know This

    As of Saturday, July 1, you will need the new State of Delaware Conservation Access Pass to enter STATE Wildlife Areas. This does nor affect your access to either Bombay Hook or Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges.

    You will need to pay attention to where you are or you can run afowl of this new requirement. For example, if you turn onto Port Mahon Rd. from Route 9 you will soon be passing Bombay Hook NWR on your left. On your right will be Little Creek Wildlife Area for which you will need the new Delaware pass. Another area where you need to know where you are Is Prime Hook. We know Prime Hook NWR, but there is also Prime Hook Wildlife Area for which you need the new Delaware pass.

    Please click on the image on the right which will take you to the DNREC website for more information.

  • 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 Bird Walks through August, 2018, 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.

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