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‘Ding’ to host Zoo Miami ambassador’s photographic wildlife presentations

By Staff | Jan 31, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Ron Magill has photographed wildlife throughout Africa, Asia and the American tropics.

Wildlife ambassador Ron Magill brings his experiences to life with imagery and stories that range from the migration of monarch butterflies to the struggle for survival in the African bush. On Feb. 7, he will present two programs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Magill, whose award-winning photographs have appeared in publications and galleries around the world, will present “From Butterflies to Lions: A Walk on the Wild Side” slide presentations. He has traveled throughout Africa, Asia and tropical America while developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy Award-winning wildlife documentaries.

“My stories will help connect people to nature on an emotional level while hopefully inspiring them to protect it for future generations,” Magill said.

Currently the “goodwill ambassador” for Zoo Miami, Magill has worked with wildlife for more than 40 years. He hosts New York-based Hispanic Information and Telecommunication Network’s national wildlife documentary program and has made frequent TV appearances on programs such as “National Geographic Explorer,” “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Late Show,” “CBS This Morning” and “Dateline.”

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:

– 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. Staff will hand out wristbands to those in line. Wristband wearers can save seats with personal items and then explore the center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture’s start time.

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.