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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

2591 Whitehall Neck Road

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. The refuge, located along the coast of Delaware, is mostly marsh, but also includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.

Bombay Hook was established in 1937 as a link in the chain of refuges extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It is primarily a refuge and breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife. The value and importance of Bombay Hook for migratory bird protection and conservation has increased through the years, primarily due to the management of the refuge and the loss of high quality habitat along the Atlantic Flyway.

Bombay Hook is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Portions are also designated a research natural area. The refuge, a nationally recognized birding spot attracting birders from across the country, is designated a Globally Important Bird Area. The Refuge, as well as the entire State of Delaware, is part of the New England/Mid Atlantic Coast Bird Conservation Region Implementation Plan (BCR 30).


Jon Sund

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
We stopped here the end of July after a rainy period and found the roads to be in excellent condition. There are many different habitats within the refuge providing a great opportunity to see birds of different types. I found it particularly interesting that there was a children's learning area at the visitor center that I have not seen else where.

Cory Rahman

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
One of my favorite nature spots on the East Coast. Head to the Visitor Center first and they’ll help you get around. I personally go birding here about once a year and it’s one of the best places to see a variety of species during migration.

Francisco Companioni

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Great place for bird watching, mosquitos and green head flies. We decided to stay in the car, windows up after being attacked by a swarm of them after only a short attempt at a hike. May be better during the early spring or fall after the bugs are gone. Was able to see many species of birds from egrets, blue herons, a bunch of smaller species I'm not aware of the names. No eagles or Hawks in this trip though

Donna Mcknight

Monday, July 16, 2018
Absolutely love Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge if you're a birder photographer or just a naturalist it's a great place to see and View and photograph Lots different wildlife.. best part is its a drive around!! You can get out of your car and set up a tripod or go to different viewing Towers!

Lisa L

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Great place to visit. Was able to drive through because the insects were swarming it would otherwise have been a great hike. Lots of wildlife. Herons, Egrets. Really beautiful. They were having bird identification and a photography class while we were there. Absolutely worth the visit

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