New virtual plant trails open at refuge
To mark the start of National Wildlife Refuge Week, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge debuted on Oct. 11 its new Plant ID on the Go virtual vegetation trail at Wildlife Drive, Indigo Trail and Bailey Tract. Signs at each site show a QR code that visitors can scan with their smartphones to download a guide, with images and descriptions of native vegetation they can find along the way. The descriptions include how each plant benefits wildlife. From home, plant-lovers can download the guides from the Ding at Home page before they visit, to conduct their own backyard plant explorations or to learn more about native Florida vegetation. The project was made possible by support from the Elaine Jacobson Education Fund at the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge.