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‘Ding’ Darling lecture follows a year of owls

By Staff | Feb 8, 2019


Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will present a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and dozens of new images from his new book, “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. during two free programs, part of the 2019 lecture series at the J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, Bannick creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation. “Owl” received a gold medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards “Animals/Pets” category. He also authored “The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds.”

Bannick’s work has been featured in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation and Birds of the World; and it has appeared in publications from The New York Times and Birds and Blooms, to American Way and the Seattle Times. He has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, and NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote.

The author will sign copies of his books, available in the Refuge Nature Store, following the two lectures. Profits from the store’s sales directly benefit refuge wildlife, education and research.

HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management sponsors the 11-lecture series with support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. The free lectures are held on Fridays through April 12. The remaining schedule is listed below; some include book signings:

PAUL BANNICK Author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will speak on Feb. 15 at the J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

– Feb. 22: Author Anurag Agrawal, “Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution”*

– March 1: Author Warner Shedd, “Owls Aren’t Wise and Bats Aren’t Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife”*

– March 8: Yve Morrell, “The Big Year: A First for Women”

– March 15: Jeremy Conrad, “Sea Level Rise: Globally & Locally”

– March 22: Dusty “Wildman” Crum, Robbie and Geoff Roepstorff, and Mike Kirkland, “Pythons: The Hunters, the Science”

– March 29: Marine scientist Lauren Blickley, “Drastic Plastic – Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution”

– April 5: Ornithologist Dr. Jerry Lorenz, “Flamingos & Spoonbills: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine”

– April 12: Author Denege Patterson, “Five Islands Never Flooded: A Tour of the Islands of Pine Island Sound, Florida”*

*book signing to follow

Seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Early arrivals can save one seat and one extra one with personal items, then may explore the Visitor & Education Center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture time.

For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 241 or visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.