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‘Ding’ Darling Day celebrates outdoors, refuge

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Dec 9, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Ranger Toni Westland leads the Go the Distance Bike Tour along Wildlife Drive.
PHOTO PROVIDED Acting Refuge Manager Kevin Godsea and DDWS President Mike Baldwin place items, including a face mask, in a time capsule for refuge management to open in 25 years.

Moved to Dec. 1 because of COVID-19 and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s 75th anniversary, this year’s “Ding” Darling Day brought the opportunity for free outdoor activities on a brisk early winter day. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that along with classes from next door’s The Sanibel School, visitors of all ages came out to enjoy a beautiful day for being outdoors and celebrating nature and 75 years.