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DDWS accepts Regional Director’s Award

By Staff | May 30, 2011

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Cindy Dohner, left, presents DDWS President Jim Scott with a Regional Director’s Award.

On May 10, Jim Scott, president of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), accepted a Regional Director’s Conservation Award in Atlanta – the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region IV’s headquarters – on behalf of the Society.

The award recognized DDWS’ recent contributions to the refuge: new Calusa Shell Mound Trail exhibits and upgrades, the new Recent Sightings Boards outside the Education Center, and the reopening of the Buck Key Kayak Trail.

“One of the first Friends groups in the nation, this dedicated group works with staff to fund projects which enhance the visitor services program at the refuge,” read the awards ceremony program.

“It is my privilege to accept this award on behalf of the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society,” said Scott. “At the same time, I want to thank the Society members and our Refuge staff for their hard work and commitment to our mission.”

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.

To join DDWS and support the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch at 239-292-0566, 472-1100 ext. 4, or send an e-mail to director@dingdarlingsociety.org.