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Delaware’s Migration Station

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is the resort of choice for discerning waterfowl. More than 150,000 ducks and geese stop in this spot along the Delaware coast in October and November as they migrate between their homes. In spring, more birds stop by on their way to northern breeding grounds.

Bombay Hook is one of a shrinking number of refuges along the Atlantic Flyway dotting the continent from Canada to Mexico. Birders come here to watch Canada and snow geese, eagles and ducks.

It’s easy going at this place: The Saltmarsh Boardwalk Trail and Bear Swamp Trail are accessible to people with disabilities, or you can explore via a 12-mile auto tour.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the region. The refuge, located along the coast of Delaware, is mostly marsh, but includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.

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