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Get your bid ready!  Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will host a private island birding tour for up to five people, as a premium silent auction item at the eighth annual “Go Wild for Ding” fundraiser tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 12, at the Sanibel Community House.

Bannick authored the bestselling Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls  and The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds. His photography has been featured prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, the Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and Birds of the World; and has appeared in a variety of publications from The New York Times and Birds and Blooms to American Way and the Seattle Times.

The author-photographer has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, and dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote. Bannick will also be a guest speaker at the refuge on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for this year’s lecture series.

Go Wild attendees can bid for Bannick’s exclusive tour, which will take place on Thursday, March 5, on the evening of the event. Those unable to attend the event may bid on the auction item remotely by contacting DDWS executive director Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or [email protected].

Admission to the Feb. 12th “Go Wild for Ding” event is by reservation only. Tickets are $150 each. Only 50 seats remain for this event, which sells out each year. To reserve your spot, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/go-wild-for-ding, contact Dot Voorhees at 239-472-1100 ext. 239 or email [email protected].

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