Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, announced its November calendar of events.
In honor of Veterans Day, the National Wildlife Refuge System is offering free entrance to Bombay Hook and all other refuges across the U.S. on Nov. 10-12.
Programs are free with paid refuge admission of $4 per car.
— Refuge introduction tour: 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 8. Climb aboard the refuge’s 12-passenger bus for a guided tour of the refuge. 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 species of wildlife that live on or pass through the refuge. Also 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 22.
— Beginning Bird Watching: Duck, Duck Goose: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Learn how to tell one duck from another at this beginning birders’ class.
— Comprehensive Conservation Plan public open house: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 14. The planning team is hosting a meeting to provide opportunities for people to comment on what they see as the issues, concerns and challenges for the refuge during the next 15 years, as well as learn about the Comprehensive Conservation Plan process.
— Junior rangers explore the Bluebird Trail: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 18. New and returning children ages 7-11 will learn about the plight of the eastern bluebird and how conservation activities can benefit the species. The group will walk a section of the refuge, exploring the bluebird nest boxes and the different kinds of wildlife that use them
— Impoundment tour of the refuge: 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18. Terry Willis and Eileen McLellan will lead a bus tour of the refuge impoundments and salt marsh, identifying shorebirds, waterfowl and wading birds along with eagles and other passing raptors. Viewing scopes will be provided.
— Your First Visit To Bombay Hook Tour: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Learn about the refuge’s history, why it is here, how it is managed for wildlife and bird migration at the refuge. Walk a trail and identify birds.
— Bird identification station: Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. Look at the different bird species in the impoundments. Randy Murphy will be set up on the wildlife drive with scopes and binoculars to help identify waterfowl, passing raptors and whatever else flies by. Look for the bluebird ID station sign along the auto tour route.
— Tour of the refuge: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26. 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. Also 1:30-3 p.m.
Bombay Hook also reminds visitors that of upcoming partial closures for deer hunting dates.
The back section — Bear Swamp, Finis Pool and the road to Allee House — will be closed Nov. 10-11 and 15; Dec. 11 and 14; and Jan. 19, 2018, for shotgun hunting.
The front section — Raymond and Shearness, enter refuge on Route 9 at Dutch Neck Road — will be closed Nov. 13 and 17 and Dec. 13 for shotgun hunting.
For more, visit fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/about.html or call 653-9345.