He will speak about his new book, "Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species," on Friday, Feb. 11 starting at 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Education Center on Sanibel Island."/>


He will speak about his new book, "Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species," on Friday, Feb. 11 starting at 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Education Center on Sanibel Island."/> ‘Manatee Insanity’ offered at Feb. 11 Friday Afternoon ‘Ding’ Lecture Series | News, Sports, Jobs - SANIBEL-CAPTIVA - Island Reporter, Islander and Current
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‘Manatee Insanity’ offered at Feb. 11 Friday Afternoon ‘Ding’ Lecture Series

By Staff | Jan 31, 2011

Craig Pittman will speak about how Florida contracted “Manatee Insanity,” also the title of his latest book about Florida's most famous endangered species.

St. Petersburg Times environmental journalist Craig Pittman has written “the best available, most factual account of the decades-long struggle to protect the Florida manatee,” according to Daryl Domning of the Smithsonian Institution.

He will speak about his new book, “Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species,” on Friday, Feb. 11 starting at 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Education Center on Sanibel Island.

As co-author of the book “Paving Paradise,” Pittman spoke to a “sell-out” crowd at the refuge in 2008. In 2004, he won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida after revealing a secret plan by the state’s business leaders to transfer water from sleepy North Florida to booming South Florida.

Following his lecture, Pittman will sign copies of his books, which are available for purchase in the Refuge Nature Store, all proceeds of which benefit refuge education and research projects.

Admission is free to Pittman’s lecture, which is sponsored by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge as part of its Friday Afternoon Lecture Series. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Craig Pittman

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 proceeds.

For more information on the Friday Afternoon Lecture Series, call 472-1100 ext. 241 or log on to www.dingdarlingsociety.org.