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Feather Club is a family tradition

By Staff | Feb 6, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED This year's feather pin is Jim Sprankle's first and only double-feather sculpture.
PHOTO PROVIDED Sue Kloosterman wears her late mother's Roseate Spoonbill Feather Pin.

At this year’s Go Wild for “Ding” – Lovin’ Spoonbills fundraiser on Feb. 12, another prized Jim Sprankle Feather Pin will go on the auction block. The winning bidder will become a member of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s exclusive Flock of the Feather Club, which mingles each year for a special event. Those who possess the feather pins highly value their possession, even bequeathing them to family, as in the case of the late Marilyn Kloosterman. One of the earliest pin recipients, Kloosterman has passed her pin and Feather Club membership on to her daughter, Sue, who is looking forward to joining this year’s event. While tickets are sold out for Go Wild for “Ding,” the public can still bid on the pin and other auction items by phone. To do so, contact “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge Executive Director Birgie Miller at 239-292-0566.