Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, announced its April schedule of events and programs.
Programs, free with paid entry of $4 per vehicle, include:
— Impoundment bird identification tour: 10 a.m. to noon April 7. Volunteer Terry Willis will lead a bus tour of the refuge impoundments and bayside. Attendees will see and identify the winter waterfowl, resident herons and perhaps some shorebirds along with eagles and other passing raptors. Viewing scopes will be provided. To register: 653-9345, email@example.com.
— Refuge introduction tour: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 8. “Climb aboard” the refuge’s 12-passenger bus for a guided tour of the refuge. Attendees will 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 many species of wildlife that live on or pass through the refuge. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair at the Visitor Center. To register: 653-9345, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also 10 a.m. to noon April 20.
— Saltmarshes: One of Delaware’s Most Important Coastal Resources: 10 a.m. to noon April 14. Join Clare Sevcik for an informational presentation on saltmarshes. Attendees will learn about the plants that make up this habitat and the animals that thrive in the saltmarsh. After a presentation, the group will go to the boardwalk trail and explore the saltmarsh. The program is for adults and families with children ages 10 and older. Dress for weather and bring mud boots or shoes that can get wet.
— Garden Keepers — Trim and Install Metal Edging: 1 to 3 p.m. April 12. Join Larry and Leslie Cook for some hands-on garden maintenance. Attendees will learn garden techniques; bring garden gloves.
— Delaware State’s Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Contest Exhibit: On display in the auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17-26. Delaware’s Waterfowl and Trout Stamp contest is sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, DNREC. After the contest, the artwork from the waterfowl and trout stamp contest will be on display at Bombay Hook’s Auditorium. The winning artwork is reproduced on a stamp which must be carried by most hunters and anglers.
— Bird walks with Marcia Poling: 8 a.m. April 18 and 25. Join Marcia Poling, birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Meet at the Visitor Center.
— Jr. Rangers learn about gardening for wildlife: 9 a.m. to noon April 21. Ages 7-11 years will celebrate Earth Day weekend. Attendees will learn how to create a natural wildlife garden using native plants; and learn how to make a difference for wildlife by providing food, water, cover and a place to raise their young. Each family participating will receive a kit to make a plant press. To register: 653-9345, email@example.com.
— Beginning birding warbler program: 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 28. Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis will give a presentation on the warblers migrating through Bombay Hook during the spring.
— Beginning birding warbler walk: 8 to 10 a.m. April 29. The walk will be on one or two trails along the wildlife drive with expert birders Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis. This will be a way to practice information from the April 28 Warbler Program or for anyone who wants to look for warblers.
— Tour of the refuge: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 22. Volunteer Ray Cullom leads a tour of the refuge. Attendees will find out how the refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats and walk a trail. Meet at the Visitor Center. Also 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 22; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 29.
For more, visit fws.gov/refuge/bombay_hook.