Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, announced its calendar of September events.
Programs are free with paid park admission of $4 per car or motorcycle, $2 per bicycle or hiker.
— Bird Identification Station: 6:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 9. Guests can 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 identify waterfowl, passing raptors and whatever else flies by. Guests should look for the blue Bird ID Station sign along the auto tour route.
— Jr. Rangers Learn About Pollinators: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 15. Children ages 7-11 will learn about the importance of pollinators and the habitats they create and maintain that many animals depend on for food and shelter. Learn how to protect pollinators in the backyard. To register, contact 653-9345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Monarch Tagging: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Terry Willis will give a short explanation of the monarch butterfly life cycle before tagging monarchs. After tagging monarchs that were raised in captivity, participants will visit the meadow at the visitor center to capture and tag monarchs. Participants should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
— Toddlers and Guardians Free Admission: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Bombay Hook will be free for toddlers and their guardian on the third Tuesday of the September, October and November. Children ages 1-5 are developing cognitive skills and being in nature can expose them to sights and sounds that might go unnoticed in their everyday setting. Children can participate on the wildlife drive, walk a trail, climb a tower, read a nature book and look at wildlife exhibits in the visitor center.
— National Public Lands Day: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour before sunset. National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
— Incredible Insects at Bombay Hook: 7 to 9 a.m. Entomologist Anthony Gonzon leads a presentation about the incredible and sometimes annoying insects of Bombay Hook. The program will start in the auditorium with a brief presentation on insect diversity. After the presentation, the group will go outside near the woods, where a bright light and white sheet will be set up to see what resident nocturnal insects have come to investigate. Guests are encouraged to wear a long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
— Tour of the Refuge: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Volunteer Ray Cullom leads a tour of the refuge. Participants will learn how the refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats and walk trail. Meet at the visitor center. Tours are also held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 23; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 30.
— Your First Visit to Bombay Hook Tour: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the refuge’s history, why it’s here, how it is managed for wildlife and bird migration. Then, they will walk a trail and identify birds. To register, contact 653-9345 or email@example.com.
For more, visit fws.gov/refuge/bombay_hook.