Due to the coronavirus the Visitor Center is closed until further notice and all FOBH activities are suspended until it is reopened. This includes the annual Photo Contest.
Please stay healthy and safe.
Road work has been completed.

What's New at Bombay Hook

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  • New Roof for 2021

    The Youth Water Fowlers Shed is getting a new roof thanks to a donation from the Friends of Bombay Hook. The historic shed is an important storage building for many outdoor educational program materials at the refuge. It also offers parking bays for refuge maintenance equipment.

    A thanks to our refuge Friends group for providing fast financial support for some minor roof repairs and a new asphalt shingled roof.

  • Refuge Bird Feeders 2021

    The refuge bird feeders are back up and relocated for the 2021 winter season. The 1st group is located just behind the gazebo along the woods line as you enter the Visitor Center parking lot.

    The 2nd feeder group is south across the Visitor Center parking lot and entrance road along the pollinator meadow edge. Both sites offer good opportunities for seeing and photographing refuge birds.

  • Wood Duck Box Steve, a Volunteer

    Fallen tree Broken box

    Each winter Wood Duck boxes around the refuge are serviced and usage data collected. Then each nest box, pole and predator guard are all checked and repaired if needed for the upcoming spring breeding season. However, each year we must replace about a dozen severely damaged nest boxes. Our nest boxes are very durable and provide many years of service but can’t withstand the damage caused by falling limbs and tip-over trees. Typically repairing nest boxes and building replacement boxes are done in the spring and summer for use the next season. That is, unless you have a super volunteer!!

    Steve A new box

    Well, let me introduce you to Wood Duck box Steve. Steve stopped by the refuge visitor center several years ago and donated two pine Wood Duck boxes and expressed an interest in building more if we could use them. A month later we met up with Steve; he looked over our box sizes, wood type, took some notes and before long he was making durable, replacement, rough cut Cyprus Wood Duck boxes for the refuge. He buys or bargains for all of his lumber and creates top quality replacement boxes each year. He even precuts replacement box parts for our repair work, all at no cost to the refuge. Steve has even made several impressive bat boxes and other nest boxes for the refuge.

    Wood Duck box Steve is our super Bombay Hook volunteer!

  • 2021-22 Duckstamp

    2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp
    Winning Entry by Delaware Artist Richard Clifton

    Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, was the winner of the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. He won with an acrylic painting of a single Lesser Scaup drake at twilight. What incredible detail! As the winner, his painting will be on the 2021-2022 Duck Stamp, also called the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. The stamp will go on sale at the end of June 2021.

    This is the second time Mr. Clifton has won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. His artwork of a pair of Ring-necked ducks can be seen on the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp. Congratulations again, Mr. Clifton!!

    We are pleased to celebrate the work of artists who can capture our waterfowl and wildlife in an image so that we can enjoy them back home.

  • The Winter, 2021, edition of the Friends' Newsletter has been posted. Click on the image to read it. The next issue will be available this Spring.

    Speaking of Newsletters, we now have added back issues all the way back to Issue 1 to our list of available newsletters. There are a few issues missing from our archive, if you have one of these that we could please let us know. You can reach us through the Contact Us page here.

    Take a look at the May and October, 2012, issues for an interesting history of Bombay Hook NWR. To see all of the available issues please click here.
  • Canvas Tote Bag Blue Heron Gift Shoppe

    The Friends' Store is closed due to the coronavirus. The store cannot open until after the State of Emergency has ended in Delaware and the Visitor Center has reopened.

  • Bombay Hook is a coastal stronghold. As reported by the Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times a study by The Nature Conservancy for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified Bombay Hook as one of the costal stronholds in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
  • 100,000 Visitors from 46 States and 12 Countries

    A Delaware Attraction - Governor Carney, DNREC, Delaware Tourism and U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel toured Bombay Hook NWR. This Delaware State News article describes why Bombay Hook is a top Delaware attraction as the state hopes to draw even more than last year's 100,000 people to the state.

    In a later State News article Gov. Carney commented about Bombay Hook. He stated “We saw so much wildlife, and birds. The amount of ducks there was unreal and the diversity of birds was amazing.”
  • Bob Duchesne, VP of Maine Audubon's Penobscot Valley Chapter, visited seven National Wildlife Reserves including Bombay Hook. Writing in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News he said "National Wildlife Refuges are way-cool places to go birding. As enlightened rangers will tell you: National Parks are for people; Refuges are for critters. Some of the best birding in America takes place in NWRs." You knew that didn't you!

  • Delaware Trails lead to Bombay Hook NWR. You know that Bombay Hook is a part of the Delaware Birding Trail. And sure, Bombay Hook should be a part of the Delaware Outdoor Trail. How about the The Delaware History Trail? Bombay Hook is a part of that Delaware Trail as well. One part of our history is the Allee House. Another bit of our history can be seen along the Parson Point Trail.

  • For those of you that want to know how the Friends organization works, our bylaws have changed. Read them by clicking here.

  • Amazon Smile is great way to help your Friends. Amazon will donate a percentage of the sale of Smile eligible items to The Friends of Bombay Hook. Log in to Smile here.

  • National Conservation Training Center - Monarch Butterfly Conservation Series registration and schedule.

    You must register to participate in these programs. You can see the schedule and register by clicking on the above link.


  • The Friends of Bombay Hook Bird Club Schedule of 2018-19 Bird Walks is available on their page. You can find it by clicking here.

  • "Bombay Hook is among the most famous birding locations in the eastern United States." So states the Audubon Society in the Bombay Hook section of Birding in Delaware.
  • Be sure to read 50 Great (and Neat) Native Plants for Delaware Gardens, published by Quentin Schlieder of the Bombay Hook Garden Keepers. Use it as a reference when reading Quentin's articles in upcoming editions of the Friends' newsletter and as a resource to help you with your backyard planting.

    Are you a fan of Bombay Hook, gardening and native plants? Contact Karen Dever at 302-653-8322 or e-mail her about Bombay Hook's gardens.

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