U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, marked the week of Oct. 14 as National Wildlife Refuge Week.
The event is designed to raise awareness about the importance of the refuge system to wildlife conservations and the recreational opportunities available in the wildlife refuges. Delaware's two national wildlife refuges, Bombay Hook in Kent County (which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year) and Prime Hook in Sussex County, draw a combined 200,000 visitors annually.
Since 1995, refuges across the country have celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week in early October with festivals, educational programs, guided tours and other events.