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A moment with ‘Ding’

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Oct 20, 2020

Although Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling’s editorial cartoons often dealt with the dire consequences of overhunting and poor resource management, this untitled one ends on an optimistic note. Besides his 50-year career as a Pulitzer-winning newspaper cartoonist, he served as the chief of the U.S. Biological Survey, a forerunner of today’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. While in that position and throughout his life, Darling instituted many programs to protect wildlife, including the Federal Duck Stamp Program. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge recently unveiled a 3-D mural to honor Darling’s role in creating the duck stamp program, as part of the ongoing 75th anniversary celebration at the refuge until Dec. 1.