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Duck Stamp artists, hands-on nature art part of ‘Ding’ Day

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Two-time winner Scot Storm designed the 2019-2022 Federal Duck Stamp featuring live and decoy wood ducks.

Two-time Federal Duck Stamp winner Scot Storm will travel from Minnesota to headline the “Ding” Darling Day Duck Stamp Presentation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel on Oct. 20 from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

He will sign stamps following his presentation. In addition, Florida Junior Duck Stamp winner Anna Grace Swanson from Titusville will be on hand to meet and greet.

“This year, we have folded Conservation Art Day together with ‘Ding’ Darling Day Family Fun Day,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland said. “Besides honoring our winning duck stamp artists, we will be offering nature art and photography with the addition of even more programs.”

Free art activities will include a guided nature-sketching walk, wildlife origami, chalk drawing, an iPhone photography walk, individual take-home canvas painting, nature art demonstrations, plein air artists on Wildlife Drive, and nature crafts.

The art activities join the “Ding” Day calendar of free live wildlife presentations, archery and paddleboarding clinics, birding and biking tours, hiking, Wildlife Drive admission and tram tours, puppet shows, live music, a butterfly house and touch tank, and hot dogs.

PHOTO PROVIDED Chalk drawing demonstration and participation is one of the art activities planned for this year’s “Ding” Day.

“‘Ding’ Darling Day celebrates the birthday of our namesake, Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling, father of the duck stamp,” Westland said. “We honor his memory and legacy with programs focused on conservation and duck stamp art.”

Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s recreation concession, will offer a 25 percent discount on paddling and boat tours. For a full schedule of activities, tours and presentations, visit dingdarlingdays.com.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge and Tarpon Bay Explorers co-host “Ding” Darling Day with support from several sponsors.