What's New at Bombay Hook
- Bombay Hook In the News - "Delaware Living", a magazine published by the Delaware Electric Cooperative, features articles showcasing Our Community. Their article includes a brief description of the Refuge and a number of photographs taken at BH. DEC headed the article "A Delaware Wonder". We couldn't agree with them more! Please enjoy Delaware Electric Cooperative's Bombay Hook article.
- A thought about Summertime - "It's summer time out on the marsh, and I encourage everyone to visit, and experience this time of year on the refuge. Sure, there are lots of bugs, but remember (as they bite, buzz, and pitch) they are wildlife too!" Randy Murphy. Randy is a member of the Friends Board of Directors.
Updated Saturday, October 22 - 12th Annual Native Plant Symposium – Native Plants in Wildlife Habitats (10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) – Native plants are essential in habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife that provide an ecosystem with food, water, cover and shelter.
We will be viewing the Meadow Project’s “Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home” - a documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. “Hometown Habitat” features entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. The message: All of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the earth.
Building on the documentary will be: Alice Mohrman of the Delaware Nature Society, a state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), who will present "Gardening for Wildlife and Water" - landscaping your outdoor space with Delaware native plants, to attract birds and butterflies and support local water quality, exploring sustainable practices, and establishing a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat; and a presentation about the Habitat Network (formerly YardMap), a citizen science project and online resource under the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy. The symposium is free, but registration is required and space is limited; contact Eric Wahl at EWahl@elementdg.com or (302) 645-0777. Lunch will be provided.
- Our Website - We are working to bring our website up to date and to provide new information. Some of the work is quick such as the link to our newsletter that appears below. Other work such as that done on the Web Links page under the Things to Do tab take time. The links in the first three sections of Web Links have been updated and new information provided. Please come back to our website to see what else we have added. Please contact the webmaster of this page with any suggestions you may have.
- Your Refuge - Your Bombay Hook pictures and stories belong here. Please send an email to our web master to learn more.
- Hit the trail: The Delaware Trail, a collection of more than 60 activities at over 40 statewide locations, ranging from the rolling hills of Delaware’s wooded north to its southern beaches and bays. Read about the trail locations, and how it works and how to get started.
- 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.
The Bombay Hook Garden Keepers are garden enthusiasts who meet monthly to learn about gardening with native plants in the mid-Atlantic region; they maintain the native landscape around the refuge Visitor Center. Their meetings and special events are posted on the Events Calendar page of the web site.
- The May 1, 2016, edition of the Friends' newsletter has been posted. Read it here.
- Help Friends by participating in a fundraising opportunity through Redners grocery stores: When you shop at Redners using your Pumps Perks card, save your receipt and hand in the entire receipt at the Visitor Center store. Over $2000 in Redners receipts have already been turned in. At $5000, Friends qualifies to get the first 1% back! Find the location of the nearest Redners warehouse market here.
Amazon Smile is another great way to help. Amazon will donate a percentage of the sale of Smile eligible items to The Friends of Bombay Hook. Log in to Smile here. Once there, search for "Friends of Bombay Hook", and designate us as your charity.
- See a slideshow of images taken at Bombay Hook by refuge volunteer and Friends' member Karen Dever on the Photogallery page.
- Friends is now on Facebook! Check out our page here and be sure to post.
The Friends of Bombay Hook web site is hosted by IDV.net , a leading internet and network service provider in the Delaware Valley.