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Award-winning author takes a water journey at ‘Ding’ Darling lecture

By Staff | Jan 7, 2015

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In his new book “The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys,” award-winning nature writer Bill Belleville takes readers on a lyrical journey to the natural places in Florida and the Caribbean that have been forged and shaped by water. He will present two programs about the book beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center in Sanibel.

Belleville’s seventh book affirms the vitality of water in our lives by showing the many ways in which water driven landscapes nurture plants, wildlife, and the human spirit.

The author has scripted and produced films for PBS and radio documentaries for NPR and has written more than 1,000 articles and essays. He has won top honors from the National Outdoor Book Awards, and Library Journal named an earlier title, “Losing It All To Sprawl,” as one of the best books of the year.

Following his presentations, Belleville will sign copies of his book, which is available for purchase in the Refuge Nature Store, all proceeds of which benefit refuge conservation and education programs.

Admission is free to the lectures, which are sponsored by The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), as part of the latter’s 14-week Friday Lecture Series.

Funding for this program was also provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As usual, Wildlife Drive is closed on Friday, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the free Visitor & Education Center and the recreational opportunities at Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s official concessionaire located at its Tarpon Bay Recreation Area.

For more information on the lecture series, call (239) 472-1100 ext. 241 or visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/lectures.