The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge announced the Junior Ranger & Junior Refuge Manager Program.

The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, announced the Junior Ranger & Junior Refuge Manager Program for children ages 7-11.

This series of programs will connect children with nature, teaching them about the importance of protecting land for wildlife. Hands-on activities provide rangers the opportunity to explore nature.

Programs are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., unless noted. To register, call 653-9345. The program schedule includes:

The Eastern Wild Turkey: Nov. 19. Learn facts about turkeys, their behaviors and how and where they live in Delaware.

Fowl Play: Dec. 28. Rangers can see how swans, ducks and geese use the refuge for wintering grounds. Identify different species and learn about their food sources.

Eastern Bluebirds: Jan. 16, 2017. After learning about all the insects they eat and how they raise their young, build a bluebird box to take home.

Birds of Prey: Feb. 18, 2017. Learn about birds, where they live, what they eat and how they raise their young.

A Frog and Toad Orchestra: March 18, 2017. Explore the life cycle of a frog, learn about toads and make a toad house to take home and place in the yard.

Salt Marsh Safari: April 15, 2017. The group will use dip nets to learn who lives in the water and what animals feed upon them.

Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: 1:30-3:30 pm., high tide at 2:38 pm., May 20, 2017. Horseshoe crabs help people and migratory shorebirds. Participants can discover how and why.

Wild Babies: June 17, 2017. Participants will learn about young wildlife, how they survive and how the can be helped.

Beautiful Bats: 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 2017. Discover what makes a bat unique, how they live and what they eat.

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