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A moment with ‘Ding’

By Staff | Jan 14, 2020

Titled “If we treated our homes as we do our woods. What a lucky thing folks never took to holding picnics in people’s houses. Moral: take your indoor manners with you when you go out of doors,” this 1926 cartoon enunciates “Ding” Darling’s conservation ethic. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons, the refuge’s namesake often poked gentle fun at overzealous nature lovers, such as these gathering “an armful of flowers.” On Dec. 1, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the 75th anniversary of Darling’s creation, originally named the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Islanders petitioned to change the name following the cartoonist’s death in 1962.