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From across the globe: Presentation planned on Siberian reserve

August 1, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge will host a program on the Baikalsky Nature Reserve in Siberia on Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel.

It will be presented by Anastasia Lukovenko, head of the tourism department for the site.

The multimedia program will cover the nature reserve, which holds the biggest and deepest recorded lake in the world, along with its wildlife and work on a new visitor center that has been completed.

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Anastasia Lukovenko

"Ding" Darling Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland traveled to the reserve in 2012 for three weeks to assist with visitor services. Over the years, she helped to guide the staff with its center.

Lukovenko recently arrived at the refuge to shadow Westland for three weeks. She will learn more about visitor services, from working with a friends' group and concessions, to marketing and fundraising.

The program is free and open to the public.

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For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit

The Visitor & Education Center is at 1 Wildlife Drive.



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