Turtles, Dolphins, Otters – Oh Wow!



Sea turtles, dolphins, and otters, oh wow!

These super-cute kids masks just swam into the retail waters over at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge.

Your elementary-aged kids will have fun wearing some of the cutest “faces” at the Refuge on their faces. Reusable and double-layered, they are as protective as they are “outdoorable.”

For more information on these “Youth Masks for Conservation,”  » Read more

Rare Encounter

smalltooth sawfish


An excerpt from an article in the Fort Myers News-Press:

It’s the marine equivalent of a Florida panther encounter: something so extraordinarily rare that even some biologists who study the smalltooth sawfish have never seen one in the wild.

But for Megan Durling, it was simply an extraordinary bit of good luck. “I’d been out looking for shark’s teeth when I saw it,” said the Cape Coral resident of her experience with the endangered creature at her dad’s house on the Caloosahatchee River in Alva (about an hour inland and northeast from Ocean’s Reach).  » Read more

A Sea Sponge Could Save Your Life


From our friends at START1.org:

The healing power of the sea has been known for centuries.

The Greeks and Chinese in 4500 BC began using the sea as a source of commerce and food. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks investigated the effects of seawater on human health, crediting it with healing powers. As early as the 14th century, Eastern cultures recognized the medical properties of organisms found in coral reefs.  » Read more

Finding Fossils


Featured on The Travel Channel — twice — as part of their series called “Cash and Treasures,” Fossil Expeditions in Florida offers the perfect adventure to take on a warm afternoon with the entire family … especially if you’re interested in hunting for shark, mammal and reptile fossils!

These guided Florida fossil tours take place in the Peace River, about an hour and a half north of Sanibel Island,  » Read more

Daily Dose of Ding

Photo by Susan Portnoy


Another day, another daily dose of Ding!

During these challenging times, the Ding Darling Wildlife Society staff has been busy bringing the healing sunshine and beauty of the Refuge to the public through 30-second social media videos.

The posts have become a much-anticipated feature, boosting Facebook numbers to more than 14,500 followers.

Add your name to the group by checking out virtual visits to the Refuge on #DailyDoseofDing!  » Read more

Tiger Sighting?

Golf Club - Tiger Sighting


There just may be a Tiger sighting on Florida’s Gulf Coast soon.

The PopStroke entertainment golf facility designed by pro golf star Tiger Woods is on track to open in Fort Myers in September.  The facility on Six Mile Cypress Parkway broke ground on Jan. 29, and has remained on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“Obviously we’re going to be adding social distancing measures in place,”  » Read more

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