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DISCOVER ONE OF THE LARGEST TIDAL SALT MARSH AREAS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC AT BOMBAY HOOK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN SMYRNA, DELAWARE.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Delaware Bay is the second largest staging area for spring migratory shorebirds in North America.
During November and December, more than 150,000 ducks and geese use Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
  BOMBAY HOOK NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE
While driving en route to the refuge, soak in the quiet countryside of Delaware’s Quaint Villages. Stretching eight miles along the picturesque Delaware Bay and covering 16,261 acres, it provides habitats for an incredible amount of wildlife.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is renowned as an excellent spot for birding, hiking, biking, photography or simply to appreciate nature and the               of the refuge is covered in tidal salt marsh, tidal pools, man-made freshwater            cordgrass meadows, all habitats that attract a large variety of bird species. See              
SPRING          egret, the endangered and threatened red knot, American robin, song sparrow, red-eyed vireo, yellow-rumpled warbler
SUMMER          western sandpiper, seaside sparrow, bank sparrow
FALL        mourning dove, savannah sparrow, bobolink
WINTER       sparrow, bald eagles, common grackle
In addition to birds, the refuge is home to red foxes, river otters, various species of turtles, beavers, non-poisonous snakes and many more animals.
         
(perfect for photography), educational programs, a 12-mile wildlife drive, interactive displays, a visitor center, hunting opportunities and more. The wildlife drive is open a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour after sunset              www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/ for more information on hours and admission prices.
CHECK OUT OTHER GREAT SPOTS TO CATCH WILDLIFE IN DELAWARE’S QUAINT VILLAGES!
   3 PALM ZOO
924 Blackbird Forest Rd., Clayton 302-715-1326
ABBOTTS’S MILL NATURE CENTER
    
302-422-0847
DUPONT NATURE CENTER
   
302-422-1329
ST. JONES RESERVE
818 Kitts Hummock Rd., Dover 302-739-6377
      For a complete list of outdoor activities, visit VisitDelawareVillages.com
   FACES OF DELAWARE’S QUAINT VILLAGES
Beth Baker @bethbaker302
What brought you to Kent County? I’ve worked in Kent County for 17 years.
What is your favorite thing about Kent County? I love visiting the many unique Delaware Bay beaches of Kent County.
What are some Kent County can’t-miss locations and events?
             
and checking out the Delaware State Fair in July.
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