Description - Even though Delaware's wildlife refuges were established with nearly 30 years difference of each other, the primarily purpose to preserve coastal wetlands as wintering and breeding habitat for migratory waterfowl remained true. Bombay Hook and Prime Hook contain almost 30,000 acres of fresh marsh, tidal marsh, open water, timber, brush, grasslands, and croplands. Both refuges provide homes for numerous species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
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- Spectacular concentrations of migrating waterfowl can be observed at both Bombay Hook NWR and Prime Hook NWR during certain periods in the spring and fall. Migrations through the refuges provide an excellent opportunity for nature study. Fall concentrations of Canada geese, snow geese, black ducks, mallards, pintails, teal, and wood ducks are of particular interest. Spring visitors usually get a glimpse of the varied amphibian and reptile life. Most frequently sighted wetland species are the red-bellied and painted turtles, while various frog species such as spring peeper, cricket, green and bull frogs can be heard. Each refuge offers a visitor center where visitors can learn from the various wildlife exhibits, pick up trail and wildlife brochures, or participate in an environmental education program or special event. Roads incise the refuges making bird watching convenient and comfortable from the seat of your own vehicle. Special permit hunting is offered during regulated seasons. Another popular recreation is fishing and crabbing. Sizeable stringers of largemouth bass, crappie, white perch and pickerel await the patient angler.
Recreation - Prime Hook visitors will find opportunities to boat, fish, primitive camp, hike, canoe and seasonally hunt.
Bird watching, nature study, hiking, touring on foot and / or vehicle, viewing a historic home, and hunting is available at Bombay Hook.
Climate - The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located several miles east of the capitol city, Dover resting on the shores of Delaware Bay.
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located on Delaware Bay approximately 12 miles southeast of Milford and 10 miles northwest of Lewes.