Events Calendar

The event schedule is subject to change, so please check back often for updates. If you have questions, please write to the web master or call Tina Watson, Bombay Hook NWR Outdoor Recreation Planner, at (302) 653-6872 or the Friends at (302) 653-8322.

The calendar is divided into the following categories: About Birds; Monarch Butterflies; Incredible Insects; Trees; Hayrides; Junior Ranger Programs; Plant Symposium; Tours of Bombay Hook NWR; Free Entry into Bombay Hook NWR; Winter Wildlife Identification Workshop; and Partial Refuge Closures for Hunting Season.

Learning About Birds

Bird Identification Station

Get a close look at the different bird species in the impoundments. Randy Murphy will be set up on the wildlife drive with scopes and binoculars to help you identify waterfowl, passing raptors, and whatever else flies by. Look for the blue Bird ID Station sign along the auto tour route.
Friday, November 23, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Bird Identification Station - See above for description.
Sunday, November 25, 2018 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm Bird Identification Station - See above for description.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Bird Identification Station - See above for description.

Beginning Birds – Backyard Birds

October 13, 2018 (Saturday) 10:00 am – 12:00 - Beginning Birds – Backyard Birds, check back for more information.

Winter Waterfowl Identification Workshop

November 3, 2018 (Saturday) 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - The Winter Waterfowl Identification Workshop is a joint program with Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) and Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS). The program will offer participants the opportunity to examine closely, study and discuss the skins of a variety of waterfowl common to Delmarva in the winter. Birds for study will include both the expected and the unusual species. This program will introduce new birders to many commonly seen waterfowl, while offering plumage challenges for our more advanced birders and waterfowlers. Jr. Jean Woods, Curator of Birds at DMNH, will guide us through the museum’s selected collections. The workshop is free and will be at Bombay Hook’s Visitor Center. Space is limited and registration is required. (Age 16 and over unless accompanied by a pa parent) If you are interested contact Jean Woods, jwoods@delmnh.org or by phone 302-658-9111, x314.

Birds and Toxins

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 1:30 pm to 3:00pm Dr. Erica Miller, Veterinarian at Tri-State Bird Rescue, will give a presentation on ‘TOXINS IN NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS’ Dr. Miller will discuss how birds come in contact with a wide variety of toxic agents, from pesticides, heavy metals, petroleum products, and other man-made chemicals to toxicants occurring naturally in the wild. Exposure can occur in many ways and settings, often affecting large number of birds. The presentation will address toxicants commonly affecting wildlife, how the birds are treated when poisoning occurs, and some thoughts about what can be done to prevent such poisonings in the future. Dr. Miller will also provide information about Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. and what people should do it they come across a bird that needs help. At Tri-State she specializes in rehabilitation of wildlife injured as a result of oil spills.

Raptors

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Check back for the time. Phung Luu will bring his raptors to Bombay Hook. Phung, a University of Delaware Graduate, is the owner of two Dover companies: Behavior and Training Solutions, LLC; Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections, LLC. His free-flight programs focus on conservation and education. He is a consultant providing behovioral and training programs for animals and staff at zoos and other animal facilities around the world.

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Monarch Tagging

September 15, 2018 (Saturday) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm - Terry Willis will give a short explanation of the Monarch butterfly life cycle before tagging Monarchs. After tagging Monarchs that were raised in captivity, participants will visit the meadow at the visitor center to capture and tag Monarchs. Participants should wear long pants and long sleeved shirts.

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Incredible Insects

September 22, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Incredible Insects with Anthony Gonzon. Join Anthony Gonzon, Entomologist, for a presentation about the incredible and sometimes annoying insects of Bombay Hook. The program will start in the auditorium with a brief presentation on insect diversity. Following the presentation, the group will go outside near the woods, where a bright light and white sheet will be set up to see what resident nocturnal insects have come to investigate. It is suggested that your wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.

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Tree Walk with Bill McAvoy

October 7, 2018 (Sunday) 9:00 am – 11:00 am - Learn about the native trees of Bombay Hook with Bill McAvoy, Botanist for the State of Delaware. The program will cover the native trees commonly found within the refuge and Delaware. In addition the program will explore the value these trees offer resident refuge wildlife. The program is free and will begin at the refuge Visitor Center.

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Hayrides

A great activity for the Kids! If they come dressed as their favorite animal, they will receive a small gift. You will learn about the salt marsh, birds, and wildlife conservation. Parents you can come dressed as your favorite animal as well! Refreshments will be served by Friends of Bombay Hook.

Afternoon Hayride

October 27 (Friday) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
November 3 (Saturday) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
November 17 (Saturday) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunset Hayride

October 27 (Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
November 3 (Saturday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
November 17 (Saturday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Junior Ranger Programs

Jr. Rangers Learn about Pollinators

September 15, 2018 (Saturday) 9:30 am to 12:00 noon - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. WHO NEEDS POLLINATION? - We do! Can you imagine a world without flowers, fruit, or even chocolate? You will learn that pollinators are important because they create and maintain habitats that many animals depend on for food and shelter. During this session you will study different pollinators and learn how you can protect them in your backyard environment. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Jr. Rangers Learn about Trees

October 20, 2018 (Saturday) 9:30 am to 12:00 noon - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. TREE STUDY - There are many kinds of trees around us…they all have three parts and can be divided into two groups. We will explore the refuge to identify different trees, do bark rubbings, and learn how their leaves and seeds are used by wildlife. You will have a permit to collect leaves for your plant press. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Jr. Rangers Learn how Wildlife Survive in the Winter

November 17, 2018 (Saturday) 9:30 am to 12:00 noon - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. WILDLIFE IN WINTER - How do animals prepare for the winter months ahead? How do bats, birds, deer, foxes, snakes, turtles, butterflies survive in the winter and where do they live during cold weather? We’ll study hibernation, migration and adaptation and how, burrows, dead trees, dens and nests help animals survive. You will learn how to cast animal tracks with a take-home kit for your family to use through the winter. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

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Plant Symposium

September 29 (Saturday) This event is fully booked. Our annual Plant Symposium is presented in partnership with the Delaware Native Plant Society. This year our featured speaker will be University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, the author of Bringing Nature Home.

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Tours of Bombay Hook NWR

Tour of the Refuge

Join volunteer, Ray Cullom, for a tour of the Refuge. Find out how the Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail. Meet at the Visitor Center.

September 23, 2018 (Sunday) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
September 30, 2018 (Sunday) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
October 28, 2018 (Sunday) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
November 25, 2018 (Sunday) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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Your First Visit To Bombay Hook Tour

September 28, 2018 (Friday) 10:00 am to 12:30 pm - Learn a little about the refuge’s history, why it is here, how it is managed for wildlife, bird migration at the refuge, and identify birds. We will also walk a trail. Space is limited, call to register, 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Impoundment Tour of the Refuge

October 27, 2018 (Saturday) 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Join Terry Willis and Eileen McLellan for a bus tour of the refuge impoundments and salt marsh. We hope to see and identify shorebirds, waterfowl, and wading birds along with eagles and other passing raptors. Viewing scopes will be provided. Tour will take approximately 2+ hours depending on conditions. Space is limited, call to register, 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

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Black Friday Tours of the Refuge

November 23, 2018 Starting at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00 pm Are you and family members looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving that DOES NOT include shopping? Bombay Hook is offering 1-1/2 hour tours throughout the day to introduce people to Bombay Hook, bird watching, and wildlife conservation. What a great way to spend time with family or come by yourself and join the fun. Space is limited. Call to register – 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

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Free Entry into Bombay Hook NWR

Toddlers/preschoolers (1 year old to 5 years old) and their guardian are free

Bombay Hook will be free for toddlers and their guardian on the 3rd Tuesday of the September, October, and November. Children from 1 to 5 years old are developing cognitive skills and being in nature can expose them to sights and sounds that might go unnoticed in their everyday setting. Take your child on the wildlife drive, walk a trail, climb a tower, read them a nature book, and look at wildlife exhibits in the visitor center. You are never too young to explore and learn. This is a free self-study for families.

September 18, 2018 (Tuesday) 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
October 16, 2018 (Tuesday) 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
November 20, 2018 (Tuesday) 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Free Entrance for EVERYONE

This is a great opportunity to spend the day exploring and relaxing in nature.

September 22, 2018 (Saturday) ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset - The $4.00 entrance fee will be waived to celebrate National Public Lands Day and to invite people to visit Bombay Hook. It’s a great opportunity to spend the day exploring and relaxing in nature. National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

October 14, 2018 (Sunday) ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset - The Refuge’s $4.00 entrance fee will be waived to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and invite people to visit Bombay Hook.

November 11, 2018 ½ hour before sunrise to ½ our after sunset - Honoring veterans, the National Wildlife Refuge System is providing free entrance to Bombay Hook National Wildlife and all the refuges throughout the U.S. This is a good time of year to see hawks, eagles, ducks, and geese. Take time out to remember our veterans and to enjoy nature.

November 23, 2018 (Friday) ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset - Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is providing free entrance to introduce you and your family to wildlife conservation and bird watching. This is a good time of year to see hawks, eagles, ducks and geese. Bring your family to drive the 12-mile wildlife drive and walk 5 short walking trails.

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Wildlife Identification Workshop

November 3, 2018 (Saturday) 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - The Winter Waterfowl Identification Workshop is a joint program with the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) and the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS). The program will offer participants the opportunity to examine closely, study and discuss the skins of a variety of waterfowl common to Delmarva in the winter. Birds for study will include both the expected and the unusual species.

 

The workshop is free and will be at the Bombay Hook NWR Visitors’ Center. Space is limited and registration is required. (Age 16 and over unless accompanied by a parent)  If you’re interested in attending the Winter Waterfowl Workshop, please contact Jean Woods, woods@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 x314.


Partial Closures of Wildlife Drive during Dear Hunting Season

Back Section Closed – Bear Swamp, Finis Pool, and road to Allee House
September 7 and 11, 2018 until 1:00 pm for Archery
October 8, 10, and 12, 2018 all day for Muzzleloader
November 9, 10, and 14, 2018 all day for Shotgun
December 10 and 13, 2018 all day for Shotgun
January 19, 2018, all day for Shotgun

Front Section Closed – Raymond and Shearness – Enter Refuge on Rt. 9 at Dutch Neck Road
November 12 and 16, 2018 all day for Shotgun
December 12, 2018 all day for Shotgun

Waterfowl hunting dates are TBD

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