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A moment with ‘Ding’

By Staff | Oct 15, 2019


Although an avid sportsman himself, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling repeatedly expressed his concern for the overhunting of ducks, which led to his creation of the Federal Duck Stamp program in 1934. Titled “All dressed up and no place to go,” this cartoon recognized the need to create legislation and refuge habitat to protect migrating birds. Considered prophetic in his time about issues that would affect our nation and the world, Darling later laid the foundation, as chief of the precursor to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for the national wildlife refuge system, which today oversees more than 560 refuges. This year on Oct. 20, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate its namesake’s birthday, conservation art and the duck stamp program during “Ding” Darling Day.