2018 Prime Hook NWR Events

Events April-September
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 To connect you and your family with nature, many activities, programs, and special events are planned this year. But remember that anytime is a good time to visit the Refuge, which is open every day from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in designated areas! The Visitor Center is open daily year round from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

All lecture programs are now being held at the Milton CHEER Center which is located 2 miles west of Route 1 on Route 16 (Broadkill Rd).

Tuesday, April 10 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series- Osprey- 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. Steve Cardano a career marine science educator with an in depth understanding of coastal ecology will talk about his experiences with Osprey.  Cardano who has banded over 5,000 osprey, will share his knowledge about the species as well as the importance of nesting sites.   Since 1978, Steve has studied the nesting success and banded ospreys in the Chesapeake Bay and Inland Bays of Delaware. 

 

Thursday, April 19- Tree ID Classroom Session- 7:00p.m. 8:30p.m  & Saturday, April 21 Celebrating Earth Day, Celebrating Spring Tree Walk-  - 9:3 0 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Three Seasons of Trees at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Join former environmental educator, tree identification instructor, and certified naturalist Elizabeth Rives for a series of seasonal walks (April 21, June 16, October 20) in the woods at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Elizabeth will teach you her popular tricks to learning tree identification in a holistic way and share with you the fascinating ecology of this magnificent wetlands complex. During the spring tree walk, we will examine the fresh new flowers and unfolding leaves of the refuge’s wooded swamps and upland forest trees and shrubs as we look and listen for spring migratory songbirds and the chorus of leopard frogs and spring peepers. We will also look for spring wildflowers in bloom and try to identify them together.

 

All walks are FREE, but space is limited to 18 adults (no children or pets, please). Please register by emailing Elizabeth at elizabeth_rives@hotmail.com and indicate whether you will be attending the classroom session on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm at the Refuge headquarters (attendance is recommended but not required). An afternoon session will be added if there is high-enough demand. The walks will cover about 1-2 miles at a slow “naturalist’s shuffle” on natural surface trails. Meet at the Refuge Center parking lot.

 

Sunday, April 22 - Birding Field Trip - 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year.  Come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile.  Bring your binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope (the leader will have spotting scopes also). Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the refuge office. Trips are free, open to the public, and last approximately three hours.  Pre-registration is required by calling the refuge office at (302) 684-8419. 

 

Tuesday, May 8 - Birding Field Trip - 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year.  Come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile.  Bring your binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope (the leader will have spotting scopes also). Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the refuge office. Trips are free, open to the public, and last approximately three hours.  Pre-registration is required by calling the refuge office at (302) 684-8419. 

 

Tuesday, May 8 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-A Meeting of Migrations - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Please join us in viewing the Michael Oates production to raise awareness and understanding about the ecological connection between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds migrating through the Delaware Bay area. Michael will be joining us to discuss the project.

 

Saturday, May 26 - Horseshoe Crab-Shorebird Festival - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  In partnership with the Milton Chamber of Commerce, this festival celebrates horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, and other natural resources while encouraging citizen awareness and participation in wildlife-dependent recreation. Activities occur at the Milton Municipal Park and Prime Hook NWR each will be offering choices from art to science and nature education.  Milton Municipal Park will have a tent with exhibits from environmental organizations.  Prime Hook NWR will feature opportunities for visitors to get outside and connect with nature including guided nature hikes, videos, birding trips, horseshoe crab touch tank, and more. 

 

Tuesday, June 12 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series – Amphibians and Reptiles- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Jim White is the Senior Fellow for Land and Biodiversity Management at the Delaware Nature Society. He and his wife have published a field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Delmarva Peninsula. He will be giving a presentation about frogs, salamanders, snakes, and lizards. Jim will discuss various characteristics, and the diversity of amphibians and reptiles that can be found at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Tuesday, July 10 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series- Marine Mammals - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Suzanne Thurman, Director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) will speak on the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles and their habitats. Every year dolphins, whales, seals, and sea turtles strand, or beach, themselves along Delaware shores. MERR has a specially trained team of local volunteers who respond to these calls. MERR has a commitment to contribute to the preservation of these species through research and rescue efforts and public education.

 

Tuesday, August  14 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-Monarch Butterflies - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Mike McFarlin is a retired Army Colonel with a BS in Forestry (minor in Biology), and a passion for helping monarch butterflies.   Mike will share his knowledge and experience in working with the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly is one of the world’s most beloved insects.  Majestic and beautiful, the Monarch displays its distinctive orange and black markings as it glides by with outstretched wings.  It does not bite, sting, carry disease, or eat vegetable; it only exists just to delight us.  He will discuss their migration routes, the impacts humans have made on the monarch environment, where to look for eggs, how to raise them from eggs, what to feed them, releasing the developed butterfly, and much more.

 

Tuesday, September 11 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-Mammals - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Bruce Lantz, who is a volunteer at Bombay Hook, will do a program about many of the mammal species documented on the Refuge. The program will explore the presence and life cycles of many common, shy, and sometimes elusive mammal species. He will examine the past history and some of the current challenges faced by many of these animals

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: All An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series programs are now being held at the Milton CHEER Center which is located 2 miles west of Route 1 on Route 16 (Broadkill Rd). This change in venue will give us more seating space, so that reservations are no longer required.