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News from “Ding”

Birds on a small sandbar

Photo from Susan Portnoy and The Insatiable Traveler


A couple of “news tidbits” from our friends at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge:

  • Due to federal restrictions regarding the coronavirus, the 33rd annual “Ding” Darling Day at Lakes Park in Fort Myers scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10, has been postponed until spring 2022.  Watch for the new date and more details.
  • Also, the “Ding” Darling Day Amateur Nature Photography Contest has been extended to an Oct. 15 deadline. Winners will be announced Nov. 15.  If you’re interested in participating, click here!

“Ding” Darling is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States.  The refuge was created to safeguard and enhance the pristine wildlife habitat of Sanibel Island, to protect endangered and threatened species, and to provide feeding, nesting, and roosting areas for migratory birds.  Today, the refuge provides important habitat to more than 250 species of birds.

What better way to start off your week than by taking a moment to check out this “world of wonder” for yourself!





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