Events Calendar

The calendar is divided into the following categories: Volunteer Orientation; Junior Ranger Programs; Free Admission to Bombay Hook; Delaware State’s Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Contest Exhibit; The Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Connection; Birds of Bombay Hook; Monarch Butterflys; Mammals of Bombay Hook NWR; Photography Workshop; and Tours of Bombay Hook NWR.

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm - A meeting about volunteer opportunities will be held in the auditorium. The meeting will cover volunteer opportunities and upcoming activities, with the latter part of the session being a tour of the Refuge. Individuals are needed to staff the Visitor Center on weekends and weekdays from March through June. Volunteers are also needed to provide environmental education programs for school groups, conduct refuge tours, provide trail and landscaping maintenance, and help with highway cleanups. Volunteers may be called upon for special wildlife projects throughout the year. Training is provided.

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Junior Ranger Programs

Jr. Rangers Learn about Mammals

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 to 12:30 - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. Jr. Rangers will learn about the mammals presence and life cycles of many common, shy, and elusive mammal species that live on the refuge. Call to register – Learn a little about the refuge’s history, why it is here, how it is managed for wildlife, bird migration at the refuge, and we will walk a trail and identify birds. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Jr. Rangers Learn about Gardening for Wildlife

Saturday, April 21, 9:30 to 12:00 noon - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. Happy Earth Day Weekend! Learn how to create a natural wildlife garden using native plants. You will learn how you can make a difference for wildlife by providing food, water, cover and a place to raise their young- right in your own backyard. Each family participating will receive a kit to make a plant press. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Jr. Rangers Learn about Migratory Shorebirds

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. Learn about the seasonal movement of shorebirds from their wintering grounds, to stopovers, then on to their breeding and nesting grounds. The focus of this session is to identify some of the common shorebirds visiting the area while learning about the nutrient-rich habitats they depend on before continuing their journey north. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Jr. Rangers Learn about Cavity Nesters

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend. Swallows, purple martins, barn owls, bats and bluebirds to name a few… where do they nest? Learn about different birds, their nests and how they raise their young. The focus of this session will be on purple martins and barn owls; providing participants an up-close view of their nesting cavities. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

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Free Admission

Presidents' Day - Everyone

February 19, From ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset there will be no charge to access Wildlife Drive. The Visitor Center will be closed.

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm- Bombay Hook will be free for toddlers and their guardian on the 3rd Tuesday of the March, April, and May. 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.

The Visitor Center is open during the week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Visitor Center will be CLOSED on WEEKENDS until March 3, 2018.

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Delaware State’s Waterfowl and Trout Stamp

Contest Exhibit

April 17, 2018 to April 26, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm- An exhibit in the Auditorium. Delaware’s Waterfowl and Trout Stamp contest is sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, DNREC. After the contest, the artwork from the waterfowl and trout stamp contest will be on display at Bombay Hook’s Auditorium. The winning artwork is reproduced on a stamp which must be carried by most hunters and anglers. They are also purchased by collectors and conservationists. The funds from the State Duck Stamp sales are used for waterfowl conservation and funds from the Trout Stamp are used to purchase trout for stocking in selected streams around the state.

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The Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Connection

A Presentation by the Delaware Bay Estuary Project

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Greg Breese, Project Manager for the Delaware Bay Estuary Project, will start the program with a 15 minute video on shorebirds, their amazing migration journey, and horseshoe crabs on the Delaware Bay. The red knot, a robin-sized shorebird was designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act December 9, 2014. A “threatened” designation means a species is at risk of becoming endangered throughout all or a significant portion of its range. After the presentation, the group will go to Pickering Beach to see horseshoe crabs that come up onto the Bay beach to spawn. If we are lucky we will see shorebirds as well, bring binoculars and spotting scopes if you have them. Note: High tide is at 1:49 pm and we will plan to be on the beach for about an hour around high tide. Program starts in the Refuge’s auditorium. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

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Birds of Bombay Hook

Impoundment Bird Identification Tour

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - Join Volunteer Terry Willis for a bus tour of the refuge impoundments and bayside. We hope to see and identify the winter waterfowl, resident herons and perhaps some shorebirds along with eagles and other passing raptors. Viewing scopes will be provided. Tour will take approximately 2+ hours depending on conditions. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.


Bird Walks with Marcia Poling

Every Wednesday, April 18, 2018, to May 30, 2018 8:00 am to 11:00 am - Join Marcia Poling, avid birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk several trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Location “To Be Determined” depending on current sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center.


Beginning Birding – Warbler Program

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis will give a presentation on the warblers migrating through Bombay Hook during the spring.

Beginning Birding – Warbler Walk

Saturday, April 29, 2018, 8:00 am to 10:00 am Saturday, May 6, 2018, 8:00 am to 10:00 am - The walk will be on one or two trails along the wildlife drive with expert birders Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis. This will be an excellent way to practice what you learned at the Warbler Program the day before or for anyone who wants to look for warblers.


Beginning Birding – Shorebird Program

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis will give a presentation about shorebirds, their amazing migrations, and simple identification techniques. After the presentation, participants will visit the Bird Identification Station to practice their new skills.

Purple Martin Nest Checks

May 21, 25, 30
June 4, 8, 13, 16, 18, 22, 27, 2018 and
July 2, 2018., 11:00 am to 11:45
Joel Martin and Ray Gingerich will perform weekly purple martin gourd and house nest checks during May, June and July. Individuals can observe and assist with recording data, counting eggs and hatchlings, and after they hatch hold a chick. You will see birds that spent the winter in Brazil and you may see an adult sitting on a nest. The nests need to be checked quickly to make sure the martins are not disturbed for a long period of time. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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Monarch Butterflys

Monarch Presentation and Gardening Tips for Monarchs

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Learn how to identify monarchs and about their migration. Participants will learn about their habitat requirements and gardening tips to attract butterflies. Come learn about the amazing monarch and how you can help them survive. While monarchs will be the main focus, other local butterflies and pollinators will be included.

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Mammals of Bombay Hook

The 35 Mammals Found in Bombay Hook

Saturday, March 10, 9:00 to 11:30 - Join Bruce Lantz, for a program about many of the 35 mammal species documented on the refuge. The program will explore the presence and life cycles of many common, shy, and just elusive mammal species. We’ll examine the past history and some of the current challenges faced by many of these game and non-game mammals. The program will include both a classroom and field trip component. Space is limited. To register call 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

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Photography

Photography Whorkshop

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Join wildlife and landscape photographer, Terry Willis, for a beginning look at how to photograph wildlife. This workshop will focus on learning how to go beyond the “Auto” mode on your camera to enhance your photos of nature. Learn what f-stop, shutter speed and ISO mean, and how to use them. We will also look at the differing techniques used to capture wildlife and landscapes with the camera.

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Tours of Bombay Hook NWR

SPRING FEVER Tour of the Refuge

Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm - Spring fever is a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring. Make use of that excitement and explore the refuge. Join Tina Watson for a fun morning outside: tour the refuge, walk a trail or two looking for signs of spring, and identify birds along the way. Space is limited, call 302-653-9345 to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.


Your First Visit To Bombay Hook Tour

Friday, March 23, 2018, 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 we will walk a trail and identify birds. Space is limited, call 302-653-9345 to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.


Tour of the Refuge

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Sunday, May 27, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sunday, May 27, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm- 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.


Refuge Introduction Tour

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - 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. Space is limited, call 302-653-9345 to register or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

The Visitor Center is open during the week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Visitor Center will be CLOSED on WEEKENDS until March 3, 2018.

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