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.



Birds and Butterflys

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am to 11:30 am Backyard Birding. Learn about the types of birds you see in your backyard. We will discuss bird feeding techniques and identify the birds at the bird feeders.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Mysteries of Gulls and Terns. Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) and the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) will offer a Gull and Tern Identification Workshop in Bombay Hook’s auditorium. The intent is to offer participants the opportunity to view, study and discuss the skins of a variety of gulls and terns one might see on the Delmarva Peninsula. The skins will include both the common and the unusual species in a variety of plumages. Dr. Jean Woods, Curator of Birds at the DMNH, will guide us through the museum’s collections.

The workshop is free. Space is limited and registration is required. If you’re interested in attending the Mysteries of Gulls and Terns workshop, please contact Jean Woods, jwoods@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 x314.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Beginning Bird Watching – Duck, Duck, Goose. What are all those ducks and geese around the Refuge? Come and learn how to tell one duck from another at this beginning birders’ class. We’ll start with a presentation at 10:00 am and then practice our identification skills on the wildlife drive.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pmBird 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.



Days with FREE Entry into Bombay Hook NWR

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 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. You can come anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Everyone

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 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.

Sunday, October 8, 2017, ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. The $4.00 entrance fee will be waived to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Day and to invite people to visit Bombay Hook. It’s a great opportunity to spend the day exploring and relaxing in nature.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 10-12, 2017 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.



JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAMS

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Jr. Rangers learn about the Pollination Process. New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. Find out how flowers reproduce by pollination. You will discover how new seeds form, how pollen can travel, and how to identify the reproductive parts of a plant. Learn what roles birds, bees and butterflies can play in the pollination process. Space is limited, call 302-653-9345 to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Jr. Rangers Explore the Bluebird Trail and Learn How to clean the boxes. New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. The program will cover the plight of the Eastern Bluebird and how conservation activities can benefit the species. The group will walk a 1-1/2 mile section of the refuge, exploring the Bluebird nest boxes and the different kinds of wildlife that use them.Space is limited, call 302-653-9345 to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Jr. Rangers learn Why and How the Trees and Plants stay Green in Winter. New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. Mistletoe, holly, cedar and pine…what is their significance for wildlife? Come learn why they stay green in the winter along with some fun Holiday facts. You will create a Holiday decoration to take home!Space is limited, call 302-653-9345 to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.



ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

10:00 am Welcome and Introductions
10:10 am George Coombs – Presentation on Trial Gardens Native plants are essential in habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife that provide an ecosystem with food, water, cover and shelter. This year our guest speaker will be George Coombs, manager of the horticultural research program at Mt. Cuba Center, including the trial garden where he evaluates native plants and their related cultivars for their horticultural and ecological value. To date, he has authored evaluation reports on Heuchera, Coreopsis, Baptisia, and Monarda. In addition to the trials, George also evaluates plants for introduction to the nursery trade. Most recently, his work has helped bring to market four new selections of hardy Coreopsis. George is a graduate of the University of Delaware and prior to joining Mt. Cuba Center, he worked in the nursery industry at both the wholesale and retail level.

Join George Coombs as he details how Mt. Cuba selects and evaluates native plants for superior garden performance, and learn about some of their exciting research comparing the ecological value of cultivars and straight species.

11:30 am Discussion of Volunteer Day at University of Delaware, Lewes

12:00 noon Lunch provided by Friends of Bombay Hook

1:00 pm Presentation on Native Bees. Nancy is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, published by Princeton Architectural Press. A columnist for All Animals magazine, she is the founder of Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small through animal-friendly and environmentally sensitive landscaping methods. Lawson volunteers as a master naturalist and master gardener in central Maryland. After an early career in newspaper journalism, she worked for more than 15 years as an editor and publisher at The Humane Society of the United States, leading the creative teams behind the organization's award winning print and digital magazines.

The symposium is sponsored by Friends of Bombay Hook, Inc. and Delaware Native Plant Society. Lunch will be provided.The symposium is free, but registration is required and space is limited; contact Eric Wahl at EWahl@elementdg.com or (302) 645-0777.



Tours of Bombay Hook NWR

Sunday, October 22, Sunday, October 29, 2017, Sunday, November 26, 2017
11:00 am – 12:30 pm 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.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017, Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Refuge Introduction Tour. “Climb aboard” the refuge’s 12-passenger bus for a 2-hour guided tour of the refuge. Look for wildlife, walk a short trail, and learn how the various habitats on the refuge are managed to provide the food, water, and cover needed by the many species of wildlife that live on or pass through the refuge. Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair at the Visitor Center. Call to register, 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Friday, October 20, 2017, Friday, November 24, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Your First Visit To Bombay Hook Tour. Learn a little about the refuge’s history, why it is here, how it is managed for wildlife, and bird migration at the refuge. We will walk a trail and identify birds. pace is limited, call to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Refuge Impoundment Tour. 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.



Partial Closures of Wildlife Drive during Dear Hunting Season

Back Section Closed – Bear Swamp, Finis Pool, and road to Allee House
September 1 and 8, 2017 until 1:00 pm for Archery
October 9, 11, and 13, 2017 all day for Muzzleloader
November 4, 10, 11, and 15, 2017, December 11 and 14, 2017, January 19, 2018, all day for Shotgun

Front Section Closed – Raymond and ShearnessEnter Refuge on Rt. 9 at Dutch Neck Road
November 13 and 17, 2017, December 13, 2017 all day for Shotgun