About Friends


The Friends

The Friends of Bombay Hook is a 501(c)(3) corporation working in association with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bombay Hook NWR. It provides volunteer services and financial assistance to the refuge. Serving as a link between the refuge and the public, it fosters a better understanding and appreciation of Bombay Hook.

Mission Statement

"Our mission is to work in conjunction with Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support and enhance educational and recreational programs at Bombay Hook, provide volunteer services and financial assistance, and serve as a link between the refuge and the public."

Gift Shop

FOBH operates the Blue Heron Gift Shoppe, which is located in the Visitor's Center at the refuge. The store sells logoed apparel such as hats, t-shirts, and sweatshirts; field guides and nature books; collectibles and gift items; and hand-painted Christmas ornaments. Profits from the store fund educational and recreational programs at the refuge.


Friends sponsors refuge activities including the annual spring and fall festivals; field trips, art exhibits and lectures; and the annual volunteer recognition dinner, hosted by the refuge staff. Many Friends' members volunteer their time and talents at the refuge each year. They assist refuge staff with event planning, publish the quarterly newsletter, maintain the FOBH web site, staff the Visitor's Center on spring and fall weekends, help out at the festivals, lead bird walks, conduct refuge tours and many other services.

Supporting Friends

Become a member of Friends! We offer membership plans for individuals, families and corporations. Your membership dues are used to pay for educational and recreational programs at Bombay Hook NWR. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Like most non-profits, Friends relies on the generosity of its members and friends of the refuge for support. In these difficult financial times, we need your help more than ever. There are many ways that you can support us and the refuge: Making a tax-deductible donation, becoming a Friends' member, becoming a refuge volunteer, and shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shoppe. Read more about how you can support Friends and make a difference here.



Mark Dever


Brandi Besecker

Vice President

Tammy Lewis

Secretary and Membership Chair

Joanne Lantz


Bill Bond

Member at Large

Gale Christensen

Member at Large

Arlene Davis

Member at Large

Bruce Lantz

Member at Large

Randy Murphy

Member at Large


Member at Large


If you would like to learn more about our organization, read the Friends of Bombay Hook bylaws here.