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Refuge, DDWS provide update related to COVID-19

By Staff | Mar 19, 2020

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge reported that in order to protect its visitors, volunteers and employees and minimize the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all refuge buildings are closed to the public starting today until further notice.

Starting immediately, the following facilities are closed: Visitor & Education Center, administration building, the concessionaire and Tarpon Bay Explorers, plus all programs and tours are canceled.

“However, the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive and all trails, including the Indigo Trail and the Bailey Tract, are open and free,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland said. “Come visit and enjoy the Wildlife Drive and all the trails. Refuge staff are on-site and will be conducting mission critical activities.”

In addition, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported:

“The health and well-being of our visitors, staff,and volunteers is priority No. 1 during these days of challenges presented by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak,” DDWS officials said. “We bid you all to stay safe and take necessary precautions.”

To contact the refuge, call 239-472-1100 Ext. 237 or email Toni_Westland@fws.gov.

To contact the DDWS, call 239-472-1100 Ext. 232 or email director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

For more information and updates, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/covid-19.