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Pair of ‘Ding’ Darling Days bird tours to travel to Bunche Beach

By Staff | Oct 5, 2009

Because of the popularity of the Bunche Beach Birding Tram, “Ding” Darling Days again will offer two free excursions during its week of festivities, to be held Oct. 18-24. Reservations and a deposit are required.

Times and dates for the two trips coordinate with low tides: 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

The tours meet at the flagpole at Sanibel Island’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and are limited to 29 participants each. Tarpon Bay Explorers provides the complimentary transportation to Bunche Beach.

To make reservations, call Tarpon Bay Explorers at 472-8900.

Protected Bunche Beach Preserve, a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail, teems with shorebirds, wading birds, ospreys, bald eagles and other feathered friends. Join local birding experts for a tram excursion to this natural beach habitat at low tide.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge sponsors “Ding” Darling Days along with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Tarpon Bay Explorers.

For additional information on other birding tours and eco-events during the 20th Annual “Ding” Darling Days, visit www.dingdarlingdays.com.

Other “Ding” Darling Days 2009 sponsors include Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille, Times of the Islands, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Bailey’s General Store, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Edison National Bank, Jerry’s Foods of Sanibel, John Grey Painting, Ocean’s Reach, Royal Shell Vacations, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Sanibel Captiva Trust Co.. Shop On Sanibel, a division of R.L.R. Investments L.L.C., Jim and Patty Sprankle, The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market, West Wind Inn, Billy’s Rentals and Billy’s Bikes Blind Pass Condominium Vacation Rentals and In-Home Therapy of Sanibel/Island Therapy Center.

Other sponsors include Lily & Company, Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, Suncatcher’s Dream, The Clem Werner Family, Barefoot Charley’s Painting, Casa Ybel Resort, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Chip and Sheryl Lesch, Lighthouse Caf, Over Easy Caf, Sanibel Arms West, Wendy and George Schnapp, Sotheby’s International Realty, Winston and Barbara Spurgeon, She Sells Sea Shells, Traders Store & Caf and Twilight Caf.

To become a friend of the refuge, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org.