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31st Annual “Ding” Darling Days (Sanibel Island)

October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Save the date for 31st annual “Ding” Darling Days

Mark your calendars for this year’s “Ding” Darling Days birding and eco-festival at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida, the weekend of Oct. 19-20, 2019.

Conservation Art Day kicks of the festivities on Saturday, Oct. 19, with visits from Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp winners plus nature art workshops. Birding, boating, tram, and kayaking activities also fill the weekend.

Family Fun Day tops off the weekend with free activities on Sunday, Oct. 20. It features all-free refuge tours, live wildlife presentations, archery clinics, hot dogs, a touch tank and butterfly house, and kids’ nature crafts.

The 31st annual “Ding” Darling Days celebrates the birthday of the refuge’s namesake, father of the Federal Duck Stamp program and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling. It will be part of the pre-celebration for the refuge’s 75th anniversary in 2020.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s recreation concession, cosponsor “Ding” Darling Days with generous support from the local community and businesses.

Visit www.dingdarlingdays.com for updates on events, information on sponsoring “Ding” Days, or to sign up for e-mail update bulletins. Contact Dot Voorhees at 239-472-1100 ext. 239 or dot@dingdarlingsociety.org to become a sponsor.

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop profits.

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.


October 19, 2019
October 20, 2019
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