Bombay Hook Refuge April Events

Lots of great events coming up at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. Check them out! For more information on any of these programs visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/, or email tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, April 5, 2014      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Environmental Education Workshop –Exploring the Refuge       The workshop is for teachers, volunteers, scout leaders, and interested visitors.  It will introduce educators to the National Wildlife Refuge System and provide an understanding of how Bombay Hook NWR can be used as an outdoor classroom for environmental education programs.  Participants will tour the Refuge; learn about bird migration and bird identification; explore the brackish water, fresh water, and forest habitats; and develop an understanding of how the Refuge is managed for wildlife and habitat conservation.  Lesson plans and general information about the Refuge are provided.  To register, contact Tina Watson at (302) 653-6872 or tina_watson@fws.gov.

Sunday, April 6, 2014     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Spring Bird Walk with John and Becky Hargrove   Join the Hargroves’ for a Spring bird walk.  Walk a couple of trails and ride along the wildlife drive looking for early migrating warblers and waders; resident songbirds, birds of prey, and waterfowl.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 12, 2014     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Highway Cleanup –– Celebrate EARTH DAY by cleaning up the roads leading to the Refuge.  Bring your gloves and wear shoes that can get wet.  Refreshments will be served after the cleanup.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014       9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      Nature’s Gift – Native Trees       Our Arbor Day Celebration will introduce you to some great native trees which will enhance and add beauty to your garden! We’ll demonstrate how to properly plant at tree, too! Following the workshop, participants will perform seasonal maintenance on the landscape around the Visitors Center.  This is a great opportunity to learn about basic garden practices.  Light refreshments will be served.  To register, contact Quentin Schlieder at (302) 653-6449 or qcsjr@comcast.net.

Saturday, April 19, 2014     1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Bike Ride on the Refuge     Join Tina Watson for an eight-mile bike ride on the Refuge.  The group will make several stops for bird identification and to discuss wildlife management techniques.  Bicycle should have hybrid tires.  Don’t forget your helmet and check the air in your tires!  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon      Refuge Nature Hike – Birds, Botany, and Habitat Management Techniques      This program will be an informative field study.  Appropriate for adults (16 years and older) interested in learning about the diverse flora and fauna of the refuge and how the refuge’s habitats and management techniques attract a variety of wildlife.  The 3 hour program will include botany and fungi leaders, Susan Yost and Michael Maciarello.  Bird identification by sight and sound will be explored with FOBH bird club members.  Participants will walk Boardwalk and Parsons Point trail, stop along the wildlife drive, and hike along the Finis pond and forested area.  In each area, the habitats and wildlife will be observed and discussed.  Participants are required to hike 3+ miles and be able to stand for long periods of time. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guides, notebook, snack, and water.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Contact Tina Watson to register, 302-653-9345 or tina_watson@fws.gov.

Sunday, April 27, 2014       10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Bird Identification Station   Get a close look at the different bird species in the impoundments.  Randy Murphy will be set up on the auto tour route with scopes and binoculars to help you identify waterfowl, shorebirds, passing raptors, and whatever else flies by.  Check in at the Visitor Center for the exact location.

Sunday, April 27, 2014       11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      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, April 27, 2014      1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     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.

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