What's New at Bombay Hook

  • The March 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.
  • Contest

    Spring Photo Contest has been announced. All amateur photographers are eligible. Click on the image to the left or click here for contest rules and dates.

  • Burn Where there's smoke there is a controlled burn. The final area to be burned will be 500 acres of successional field(s) and impounded wetlands. The burn, which will occur on ONE WEEK DAY between now and April 20, 2018, will require closure of the refuge on only the day when burning activities occur. The burn, which will be done when conditions are right, is designed to benefit grassland dwelling birds. Read more by clicking on this update.
  • Smyrna The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association is celebrating Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge with a birdhouse decorating contest. The birdhouse decorating contest has four classes – Youth (5 through 14), Adult (15 and older), Invitational and Freestyle. Birdhouse kits will be provided to those entering in the Youth and Adult classes. Those birdhouses will be yours to keep at the conclusion of the contest. For more information please click here.

    By the way Smyrna celebrates its 250th Birthday this year! Watch for special events as the town commemorates its founding.
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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