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A moment with ‘Ding’

By Staff | Jul 14, 2020
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This editorial cartoon penned by Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling in 1948, titled “Wanted – more and better game refuges,” foreshadowed his great accomplishments toward establishing the National Wildlife Refuge System, now more than 560 refuges strong across the United States and its territories. “If we only had a place to stop and catch our breath,” squawks one of the ducks being mowed down by hunters. Darling sparked additional measures to protect ducks and their habitat with the creation of the Federal Duck Stamp Program in 1934 to purchase conservation land. This year, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the 75th anniversary of its creation, thanks to Darling, who wintered on Sanibel and Captiva in the 1940s and petitioned for their preservation.