2018 Prime Hook NWR Events

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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).

2018 Events  

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

 

Tuesday, February 13 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series  Barn Owls and Screech Owls - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. The public is invited to join long-time biologist Wayne Lehman as he talks about his experiences with barn owls and screech owls in Kent County.Lehman has been involved in research and management of barn owls and screech owls since the early 1990’s and has banded over 700 barn owls and over 200 screech owls. Banding provides valuable information on the life span, home range and migratory patterns of the birds and in estimating population size. Lehman will discuss how he constructs and maintains owl nesting boxes, methods of banding and what we know and don’t know about these intriguing nocturnal birds.

 

Sunday, February 18 - 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. 

 

Sunday, March 11 - 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, March 13 – An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series- Purple Martins- 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Joel Martin, who has been tending to Purple Martin colonies for over 25 years, will be speaking about his experience with these remarkable birds. Joel currently is a member of the Friends of Bombay Hook Refuge and the Purple Martin Conservation Association. Purple Martins are North America’s largest swallow and are completely dependent on human-made nesting boxes. Their diet is made up of flying insects, including mosquitoes, and they eat their weight In insects daily. During cold weather when insects are not available, the Martins migrate as far South as America. Many of us eagerly await their return in the spring and delight in watching their aerial acrobatics as they snap up the flying insects.

 

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. 

  

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 15 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series-Feast on the Beach - 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.

 

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-TBD - 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m

 

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.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 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). This change in venue will give us more seating space, so that  reservations are no longer required.