Support Friends and the Refuge

We need your support......

It's a fact: The national wildlife refuge system is underfunded and understaffed. Year after year, funding is reduced, job vacancies are not filled, and refuges operate without a budget. To cut costs, many refuges have been consolidated to share staff and resources.

Without the financial and volunteer support of Friends, many of the programs and activities at Bombay Hook would be cancelled. Friends of Bombay Hook pays for or subsidizes many of the most popular refuge programs, services, and improvements. In just the last two years, Friends paid for the new observation deck at Finis Pool, the annual maintenance fee for the eBird Trail Tracker, and many other expenditures. Working with refuge staff, Friends members and volunteers helped to design the new trail head signage and the lobby exhibit; plan, organize and staff the Waterfowl Festival; and many other activitites.

As a 501(c)(3) corporation, we receive no federal or state funding. We rely on the membership dues and donations we collect and the profits from the Blue Heron Gift Shoppe to provide financial support for the refuge.

We urge you to help us continue to improve the visitor experience at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Read on to find out how you can help.

Here's how you can help:

Donate to Friends

Make a donation to the Friends of Bombay Hook! Donations made to Friends are fully tax-deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Know that your donation will be used to fund educational and recreational programs at Bombay Hook NWR.

Making a donation here on our web site is easy, safe and secure. You may use your Paypal account, your credit card, or your bank account. Click the donation button at right to get started.

If you prefer, make a donation by mail. Send your check or money order made payable to 'Friends of Bombay Hook' to: Friends of Bombay Hook, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977.

Thanks for your generosity.

Become a member of Friends

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Join the Friends of Bombay Hook. We offer annual membership plans for individuals, families, and corporations as well as life-time memberships. Become a member and rest assured that your membership dues will be used to fund educational and recreational grams at Bombay Hook.

Learn all about membership and the benefits of becoming a member here.

Become a refuge volunteer

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Volunteer your time and talents at Bombay Hook. Being a USFWS volunteer is a rewarding experience for young and old from all walks of life. There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from, no minimum time committment, and training is provided by the USFWS staff.

Learn all about volunteer opportunities here.



Patronize the Blue Heron Gift Shoppe

Refuge StoreShop at the Refuge Store, which is located in the Visitor Center at Bombay Hook NWR. The store is open for business Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekends in March, April, May, September, October, November, and December.

All profits made from merchandise sales are used to fund educational and recreational programs at the refuge. To learn more, see the Blue Heron Gift Shoppe page.