Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, announced its October programs calendar.
Admission to the park is free Oct. 14, in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Programs include:
— Beginning bird watching — Backyard Birds: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. With the cooler weather, birds are more visible in gardens and at feeders. In this talk, Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis will help identify common backyard birds and learn how to create a habitat for them in the backyard.
— Refuge introduction tour: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14; and 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24. Guests can climb aboard the refuge’s 12-passenger bus for a two-hour guided tour of the refuge. Guests can look for wildlife, walk a 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. Bring binoculars, or borrow a pair at the Visitor Center. Call 653-9345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Also 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24.
— “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. More than a decade after jump-starting a global conversation on the climate crisis with the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore returns to the big screen with “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” A discussion will occur after the film with ideas on how to take part in supporting practical solutions to the climate crisis.
— Jr. Rangers learn about trees: 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 20. Children ages 7-11 will explore the refuge to identify different trees, do bark rubbings and learn how their leaves and seeds are used by wildlife. Collect leaves for a plant press. Call 653-9345 or email email@example.com to register.
— Your first visit to Bombay Hook Tour: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Guests will learn about the refuge’s history, how it is managed for wildlife, bird migration at the refuge, identify birds and walk a trail. Call 653-9345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
— Impoundment tour of the refuge: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27. Guests will join Terry Willis and Eileen McLellan for a bus tour of the refuge impoundments and salt marsh. Guests can hope to see and identify shorebirds, waterfowl and wading birds along with eagles and other passing raptors. Viewing scopes will be provided. Call 653-9345 or email email@example.com to register.
— Hayride on the refuge: 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Guests will learn about the salt marsh, birds and wildlife conservation. Children who come dressed as their favorite animal will receive a gift. Refreshments will be served by Friends of Bombay Hook. A sunset hayride on the refuge is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Call 653-9345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
— Tour of the refuge: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Guests will 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 held 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 28.
For more, visit fws.gov/refuge/bombay_hook.