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‘Ding’ Darling lecture series to spotlight Clyde Butcher, bees, upcycled couture

By Staff | Jul 30, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED “Ghost Orchid” is one of the most famous photographs by Clyde Butcher, whose works will be on display in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor & Education Center from Nov. 13 to Feb. 5. He will lecture at the refuge on Jan. 24.

Running Jan. 17 to April 3, the 16th annual “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series will feature a line-up of authors and experts in the world of birds, nature photography and conservation. From woodpeckers and panthers to rain and hurricanes, the season promises to be one of the refuge’s best yet as the refuge celebrates its 75th anniversary.

One highlight of the season brings world-renowned nature photographer Clyde Butcher, whose Everglades exhibition kicks off November’s anniversary events, running Nov. 13 through Feb. 5 and sponsored by Mark and Gretchen Banks.

Two other lectures coincide with anniversary events. To celebrate the refuge’s Bee Week at the end of January, honey sommelier C. Marina Marchese will talk about her bee books. As a follow-up to the March 10 Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash luncheon, nationally recognized upcycle designer Nancy Judd will speak about her work creating recycled fashions as a means of conservation education.

HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management co-sponsor the 12-lecture series with support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. The free lectures are held on Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

The complete schedule is listed below; some include book signings:

– Jan. 17: Author Julie Zickefoose, “Saving Jemima: Life & Love with a Hard-Luck Jay”*

– Jan. 24: Nature photographer Clyde Butcher, “America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher”*

– Jan. 31: Author and honey sommelier C. Marina Marchese, “Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper”*

– Feb. 7: Zoo Miami ambassador Ron Magill, “From Butterflies to Lions: A Walk on the Wild Side”

– Feb. 14: Author Cynthia Barnett, “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History”*

– Feb. 21: Author Jeff Klinkenberg, “Alligator in B Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida”*

– Feb 28: Author Craig Pittman, “Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Endangered Florida Panther”*

– March 6: Author and photographer Paul Bannick, “The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds”*

– March 13: Upcycle Designer Nancy Judd, of RecycleRunway.com

– March 20: Author Eliot Kleinberg, “Black Cloud: The Great Hurricane of 1928″*

– March 27: Author Jack Davis, “All About Eagles and Other Florida Eco-Topics”*

– April 3: Jeri Magg, “Remarkable Women of Sanibel & Captiva”*

*book signing to follow

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

This year, DDWS will film most of the lectures and broadcast them on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/dingdarling.

Wildlife Drive closes on Friday, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the Visitor & Education Center, Indigo Trail, Bailey Tract and recreational opportunities at Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s official recreation concession located at its Tarpon Bay Recreation Area.

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.