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Final ‘Ding’ Darling lecture to focus on islands of Pine Island Sound

By Staff | Apr 4, 2019

CAROL ORR HARTMAN Author Denege Patterson leads a tour at the Randell Research Center on Pine Island.

Author Denege Patterson will present “Five Islands Never Flooded” on April 12 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, wrapping up the 2019 “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture series.

The presentation is based on her book, “A Tour of the Islands of Pine Island Sound, Florida: Their Geology, Archaeology, and History.”

Patterson will introduce how the highest landforms became the first islands during the flooding of Pine Island Sound about 6,000 years ago; how each island developed a unique ecosystem based on its differing elevations newly surrounded by water; how the indigenous people could thrive on variety and abundance based on elevation; and how the islands might have served as partial barrier islands against the Gulf of Mexico until today’s barrier islands formed hundreds of years later.

The high-five “never flooded” islands include Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Mondongo Island, Patricio Island and Burgess/Little Bokeelia Island.

Patterson serves as a tour guide and educator at the Randell Research Center on Pineland, an archaeological and ecological preserve of the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History. She has a master’s degree from Syracuse University, is a certified Florida Master Naturalist and is a member of the Florida Writers Association.

PHOTO PROVIDED “A Tour of the Islands of Pine Island Sound, Florida: Their Geology, Archaeology, and History, ”by Denege Patterson

The author will sign copies of her book, 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.

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.