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Stoked about the Stokes!

Nationally acclaimed bird authors, TV personalities, and longtime Sanibel Island winter residents Don and Lillian Stokes will again contribute their time and expertise to lead two fundraising birders tram tours of the “Ding” Darling Refuge on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Visitor & Education Center doors open at 7 a.m. for continental breakfast, and trams depart at 7:30 a.m.

Wildlife Drive is normally closed on Fridays,  » Read more

Pedal Power

“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  – Albert Einstein
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Owners Bob and Judy G. snapped this photo of daughter Rachel on her recent visit here, when she pedaled more than 550 miles during her week on Sanibel.
That’s some serious pedal power!  Can’t wait to see what she does on her next trip down!

Ding Photo Contest Winners

First Place: Ben Vanos’ “Green Heron Raising its Crest”

Second Place: Paul Brook’s “Mangrove Cuckoo with iO Moth Caterpillar”

Third Place: Linda Kruleski’s “Hawk with Snake”


“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) recently announced the winners of its annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest.  » Read more

A Different Kind of Gorgeous

Not your typical photo from Ocean’s Reach, we know, but we fell in love with this beautiful shot of Coffee Pond in Casco, Maine.

Sue and Carl are off visiting family throughout the Northeast and sent this photo of the gorgeous fall weather they’re enjoying.

Guests often ask where “we” go on vacation — If you’re as lucky as Sue and Carl, you get to go to stunning spots like this!  » Read more

This is Quackers!

It was like a Royal Tern convention came to town when Andy shot this photo last week!

It was a rather bizarre scene seeing this many birds together and we’re so glad Andy was able to capture the gathering.

Royal terns are shorebirds, rarely straying far inland. When winter weather approaches, they can be found on Florida beaches and along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts as far north as North Carolina.  » Read more

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