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Ding Darling Lecture Series

Richard Crossley


Vacation doesn’t necessarily mean that your mind should go numb.  One of our favorite things about “season” on Sanibel is the number of impressive lecturers that pass through town.

Here’s an update for the 2022 season from our friends at Ding Darling:

“The 18th annual “Ding” Darling Lecture Series will bring seven authors and wildlife and art experts to Sanibel Island from February 4 through March 25, including highly acclaimed birding guide gurus Richard Crossley and David Allen Sibley.  Lectures will cover topics from Bald Eagles to ornitherapy and nature art.

Due to the uncertainty of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions at the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center, five of the lectures this year are again scheduled at The Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way.  The venue for the other two will be later determined.

The free lectures will occur on six Fridays and one Thursday throughout the season.  Most start at 10 a.m.  DDWS will be filming lectures and broadcasting them on YouTube and dingdarlingsociety.org when possible.

Seating for the free lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis.  About 200 socially distanced seats will be available.  Face masks will be required and temperatures will be taken.

Below is the calendar of scheduled lectures.  Book-signings will follow all lectures, most of which start at 10 a.m. at The Community House, unless otherwise indicated.

Feb. 4 –  Author Richard Crossley, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

Feb. 11 –  Author Holly Merker, Ornitherapy for Your Mind, Body, Soul

Feb. 24 (Thursday) –  Amy Urich, “The Captivating Art and Times of My Father, Ikki Matsumoto”

March 4 time and place TBD – A uthor Doug Chadwick, Four Fifths a Grizzly: A New Perspective on Nature that Just Might Save Us All

March 11 time and place TBD –  Author David Allen Sibley, What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why

March 18 –  Author Jack Davis, The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird

March 25 –  Author Stan Tekiela, Bird Nests: Amazingly Ingenious and Intricate”


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