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Make-a-Wish visit to the refuge

By Staff | Aug 29, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Jocelyn Dominguez, 3, and her family with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Intern Izzy Garcia, left, and Conservation Educator Sara Hallas, right.
PHOTO PROVIDED Jocelyn Dominguez, 3, with mother Christina at the refuge's observation tower.

Recently, Jocelyn Dominguez, 3, and her family visited the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel through a Make-a-Wish visit. Conservation Educator Sara Hallas, who led the tour with the family, said they loved being outdoors and Jocelyn loved the binoculars and being able to spot birds though them. “She enjoyed playing with the rocks and sticks along the trails, and she loved the taxidermy otter so much she got one from the Nature Store,” Hallas added. The family were hoping to see bald eagles, so she and intern Izzy Garcia took them to SCCF’s Bailey Homestead to show them a nest. “They were having such a good time that they stayed later than planned. It was an exciting and heartwarming day,” Hallas stated.