Calendar of Events - May

May 2 to May 30, 2018
AmRedstart Events for May

Wednesdays, May 2, 2018 to May 30, 2018   8:00 am to 11:00 am  Bird Walks with Marcia Poling   Join Marcia Poling, avid birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk several trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Location “To Be Determined” depending on current sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, May 6, 2018   8:00 am – 10:00 am  Beginning Birding – Warbler Walk The walk will be on one or two trails along the wildlife drive with expert birders Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis.

Sunday, May 6, 2018   1:30 pm to 3:30 pm    Refuge Introduction Tour   “Climb aboard” the refuge’s 12-passenger bus for a 2-hour guided tour of the refuge. Look for wildlife, walk a short trail, and learn how the various habitats on the refuge are managed to provide the food, water, and cover needed by the many species of wildlife that live on or pass through the refuge. Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair at the Visitor Center. Call to register, 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Wednesdays, May 9, 2018 to May 30, 2018   8:00 am to 11:00 am  Bird Walks with Marcia Poling   Join Marcia Poling, avid birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk several trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Location “To Be Determined” depending on current sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, May 12, 2018   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon   Beginning Birding – Shorebird Program  - Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis will give a presentation about shorebirds, their amazing migrations, and simple identification techniques. After the presentation, participants will visit the Bird Identification Station to practice their new skills.

Saturday, May 12, 2018    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm    Monarch Presentation and Gardening Tips for Monarchs  Learn how to identify monarchs and about their migration. Participants will learn about their habitat requirements and gardening tips to attract butterflies. Come learn about the amazing monarch and how you can help them survive. While monarchs will be the main focus, other local butterflies and pollinators will be included.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018    9:00 am to 2:00 pm    Toddlers/preschoolers (1 year old to 5 years old) and their guardian are free.  Bombay Hook will be free for toddlers and their guardian on the 3rd Tuesday in May.  Children from 1 to 5 years old are developing cognitive skills and being in nature can expose them to sights and sounds that might go unnoticed in their everyday setting. Take your child on the wildlife drive, walk a trail, climb a tower, read them a nature book, and look at wildlife exhibits in the visitor center.  You are never too young to explore and learn.  This is a free self-study for families.  You can come anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, May 16, 2018 to May 30, 2018   8:00 am to 11:00 am  Bird Walks with Marcia Poling   Join Marcia Poling, avid birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk several trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Location “To Be Determined” depending on current sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Thursday, May 17, 2018   1:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Garden Keepers – Meadow Maintenance and Reseeding – Join Larry and Leslie Cook prepare the meadow for Spring, clean up the path and reseed some milkweed.

Friday, May 18, 2018   10:00 am -12:00 noon     Refuge Introduction Tour    “Climb aboard” the refuge’s 12-passenger bus for a 2-hour guided tour of the refuge. Look for wildlife, walk a short trail, and learn how the various habitats on the refuge are managed to provide the food, water, and cover needed by the many species of wildlife that live on or pass through the refuge. Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair at the Visitor Center. Call to register, 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, May 19, 2018   9:30 am to 12:00 noon   Jr. Rangers Learn about Migratory Shorebirds - New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend.  Learn about the seasonal movement of shorebirds from their wintering grounds, to stopovers, then on to their breeding and nesting grounds. The focus of this session is to identify some of the common shorebirds visiting the area while learning about the nutrient-rich habitats they depend on before continuing their journey north. Call to register - 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, May 19, 2018    12:30 pm to 3:00 pm    The Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Connection Presentation        Greg Breese, Project Manager for the Delaware Bay Estuary Project, will start the program with a 15 minute video on shorebirds, their amazing migration journey, and horseshoe crabs on the Delaware Bay.  The red knot, a robin-sized shorebird was designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act December 9, 2014. A “threatened” designation means a species is at risk of becoming endangered throughout all or a significant portion of its range. After the presentation, the group will go to Pickering Beach to see horseshoe crabs that come up onto the Bay beach to spawn. If we are lucky we will see shorebirds as well, bring binoculars and spotting scopes if you have them.  Note:  High tide is at 1:49 pm and we will plan to be on the beach for about an hour around high tide.  Program starts in the Refuge’s auditorium. Call to register – 302-653-9345 or email: tina_watson@fws.gov.

Sunday, May 20, 2018   1:00 pm – 4:30 pm   Bird Identification Station    Get a close look at the different bird species in the impoundments.  Randy Murphy will be set up on the wildlife drive with scopes and binoculars to help you identify shorebirds, wading birds, and whatever else flies by.  Look for the blue ID Station sign along the auto tour route.

Various Days, May 21, 2018 – July 2, 2018     11:00 am – 11:45 am    Purple Martin Nest Checks   Joel Martin and Ray Gingerich will perform weekly purple martin gourd and house nest checks during May, June and July. Individuals can observe and assist with recording data, counting eggs and hatchlings, and after they hatch hold a chick. You will see birds that spent the winter in Brazil and you may see an adult sitting on a nest. The nests need to be checked quickly to make sure the martins are not disturbed for a long period of time. Meet at the Visitor Center on the following dates: May 21, 25, 30, 2018 and June 4, 8, 13, 16, 18, 22, 27, 2018 and July 2, 2018.

Wednesdays, May 23, 2018 and May 30, 2018   8:00 am to 11:00 am  Bird Walks with Marcia Poling   Join Marcia Poling, avid birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk several trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Location “To Be Determined” depending on current sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, May 27, 2018   11:00 am to 12:30 pm   Tour of the Refuge   Join Volunteer Ray Cullom for a tour of the Refuge.  Find out how the Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, May 27, 2018   1:30  pm to 3:00  pm  Tour of the Refuge     Join Volunteer Ray Cullom for a tour of the Refuge.  Find out how the Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018   8:00 am to 11:00 am  Bird Walk with Marcia Poling   Join Marcia Poling, avid birder and artist, to look for early songbird arrivals from Mexico and South America. The group will walk several trails in search of songbirds and will stop to identify shorebirds along the wildlife drive. Location “To Be Determined” depending on current sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center.