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Celebrity birding author tour goes on auction block

By Staff | Jan 17, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Award-winning author-photographer Paul Bannick will host a private tour as a Go Wild silent auction item.

Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will host a private island birding tour for up to five people on March 5 as a premium silent auction item at the eighth annual fundraiser for the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge.

Go Wild for “Ding” – Lovin’ Spoonbills will take place on Feb. 12 at The Community House on Sanibel. This year’s Go Wild theme will continue a series of annual bird events to benefit conservation education efforts at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

“Roseate spoonbills are ‘Ding’ Darling’s most iconic bird, so we saw it fitting to make them the official totem for the refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration, which runs through Dec. 1,” DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller said. “We are also ‘showing them the love’ as this year’s species of choice for our Go Wild, the biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit the refuge.”

Attendees can bid for Bannick’s tour the evening of the event. Those unable to attend may bid on the island remotely by contacting Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

Bannick authored the bestselling “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” and “The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds.” His photography has been featured prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, the Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and Birds of the World; and it has appeared in a variety of publications from The New York Times and Birds and Blooms to American Way and the Seattle Times. He has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, and NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote.

Go Wild at “Ding” tickets are $150. Only 50 seats remain for the event, which sells out each year.

To reserve a spot, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/go-wild-for-ding, or contact Dot Voorhees at 239-472-1100 ext. 239 or dot@dingdarlingsociety.org. Event sponsorships also are still available; for more information, contact Voorhees.