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; Free Entry; Junior Ranger program; Monarch Butterfly; Tours of the refuge. World Migratory Bird Day;

The Wildlife Drive is open daily from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.

Learning About Birds

Bird Walks with Marcia Poling

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.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Purple Martin Nest Checks

Joel Martin and Ray Gingerich will perform weekly purple martin gourd and house nest checks during April, May, and June. 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 purple martins are not disturbed for a long period of time.
Meet at the Visitor Center
Various Days from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
May 18, 22, 28, and 31
June 5, 10, 14, 19, 24, and 28

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Free Entry into Bombay Hook NWR

Toddlers and Guardians

Toddlers/preschoolers ages 1-5 and their guardian are free on the third Tuesday of May. Children are developing cognitive skills and being in nature can expose them to sights and sounds that might go unnoticed in their everyday setting. Take children on the wildlife drive, walk a trail, climb a tower, read 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.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00

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Junior Ranger

Jr. Rangers Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

New and returning children ages 7-11 are encouraged to attend.
This year’s theme is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to noon. To register please call 653-9345.

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Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Presentation and Gardening Tips for Monarchs

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.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Return to top of page

Tours of Bombay Hook

Tour 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. Please meet at the Visitor Center.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Jr. Rangers Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

New and returning children ages 7-11 are encouraged to attend.
This year’s theme is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to noon. To register please call 653-9345.

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