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‘Ding’ Darling Day postponed until December

By Staff | Aug 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge staff envision that most of this year’s “Ding” Darling Day activities will take place outdoors along Wildlife Drive and Indigo Trail.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge staff announced that the new date for the 32nd annual “Ding” Darling Day will be Dec. 1, in conjunction with its 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Originally set for Oct. 18, it has been postponed due to safety concerns from COVID-19.

“We had been planning on an extra special ‘Ding’ Day this year, so when leadership asked us to rethink, redesign and postpone our on-site events, we changed it to coincide with the date of our 75th,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland, who heads the “Ding” Darling Day committee, said.

Details of how the event will look are still in the planning stage as the committee adapts to the changing situation. It tentatively will include a refuge dedication, with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials and other dignitaries in attendance. Social distancing and other safety precautions will be required at the outdoor event. Admission to Wildlife Drive will be free to all visitors that day.

The U.S. FWS, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge and Tarpon Bay Explorers co-sponsor “Ding” Darling Day, with generous support from the local community and businesses.

For more information and updates, visit www.dingdarlingdays.com.

To become a sponsor, contact April Boehnen at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or aprilb@dingdarlingsociety.org.