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Noted refuge lecturer to spotlight owls, woodpeckers

By Staff | Feb 28, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Paul Bannick has spent thousands of hours in the field photographing owls and woodpeckers.

Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will present programs on March 6 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, featuring imagery from his new book, “The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds.”

Based on thousands of hours in the field photographing, Bannick’s book evokes all 41 North American species of owls and woodpeckers, across 11 key habitats. By revealing the impact of two of the most iconic birds, he has created a unique approach to birding and conservation.

Bannick also authored the bestselling “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” and gave presentations on it last season at the refuge. His work has been featured in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and Birds of the World, and he has appeared in publications from The New York Times and Birds and Blooms, to American Way and the Seattle Times. Bannick has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine and dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote.

Co-sponsored by HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management and Sanibel Carts, with support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, the free lecture series is held in the admission-free Visitor & Education Center’s auditorium.

Following the lectures, Bannick will sign copies of his books, which are available for purchase in the Refuge Nature Store. Sales from the book will benefit refuge conservation and education programs.

PHOTO PROVIDED “The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds” by Paul Bannick

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

– 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.