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‘Ding’ Darling lecture series to feature Everglades talk

By Staff | Jan 17, 2020

WOODY WALTER Clyde Butcher immerses himself in nature to create stunning photography.

Dubbed “the Ansel Adams of Florida,” photographer Clyde Butcher will present two free programs on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Based on his “Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades” and other photographic books, the programs are part of the “Ding” Darling Lecture Series. Butcher has made for himself a big reputation based on big black-and-white nature images taken with big cameras. The award-winning artist captures the Florida Everglades, coastal islands, and other unspoiled areas with stunning majesty.

In recent years, he has expanded his depth of field nationwide and even abroad in a recent exhibition commissioned by The Dali museum in St. Petersburg.

“Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity,” Butcher said.

Butcher will sign copies of his books, available in the Refuge Nature Store, following the lecture. Proceeds from Nature Store sales directly benefit refuge wildlife, education, and research.

HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management and Sanibel Carts co-sponsor the free 12-lecture series with support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. The lectures are held on Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the admission-free Visitor & Education Center’s auditorium.

The remaining schedule, including some book signings, is as follows:

– Jan. 31: Author and honey sommelier C. Marina Marchese, “Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper”*

– Feb. 7: Zoo Miami ambassador Ron Magill, “From Butterflies to Lions: A Walk on the Wild Side”

– Feb. 14: Author Cynthia Barnett, “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History”*

– Feb. 21: Author Jeff Klinkenberg, “Alligator in B Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida”*

– Feb 28: Author Craig Pittman, “Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Endangered Florida Panther”*

– March 6: Author and photographer Paul Bannick, “The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds”*

-March 13: Upcycle Designer Nancy Judd, of RecycleRunway.com

– March 20: Author Eliot Kleinberg, “Black Cloud: The Great Hurricane of 1928″*

– March 27: Author Jack Davis, “All About Eagles and Other Florida Eco-Topics”*

– April 3: Jeri Magg, “Remarkable Women of Sanibel & Captiva”*

*book signing to follow

Seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Early arrivals can save their seat and one extra seat with personal items, then they may explore the center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture time or risk being reassigned.

DDWS will film most of the lectures and broadcast them on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/dingdarling. For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 241 or visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.