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Smyrna - 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).


James Dixon

Thursday, March 1, 2018
It was a lovely warm day in late February. Nice to take the boardwalk loop and see/hear the birds that believe it's Spring! Also always good to see the fiddler crabs sneaking out for a little sun - if you are very still and quiet and it's low tide.

vinay bhat

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Awesome place to see birds and wildlife. Best thingis you can drive inside the park. In winter this is awesome.

John Brunner

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
This is a US Fish & Wildlife Service fee area that is famous for observing water fowl and shore birds. Substantial driving areas with easy pull-off areas, with a few trails and observation platforms. There is also an interpretive center with restrooms.

Robert Knoll

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Great place. Saw eagles, owls, snow geese, bufflehead ducks, and many other birds. Not crowded and no bugs this time of year.

Rrrose A

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
Quiet place, in beautiful wetlands. lots of avian wildlife, and some furry critters, too (fox and deer, mainly). If you want landscapes, there's a nice view inland across one of the ponds. If you want bird shots, better have a long lens. Still, it's a nice, peaceful place to go, generally speaking. Support our National Parks.

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