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New refuge sign interprets mosquitos

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Feb 3, 2021
PHOTO PROVIDED Lee County Mosquito Control District Deputy Director Eric Jackson and J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Manager Kevin Godsea dedicated the new interpretive sign last week.

One of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s unsung wildlife residents received its due last week when representatives from a partnership with the Lee County Mosquito Control District dedicated a new interpretive sign at the historic Colon’s Point along Wildlife Drive. “The Salt Water Mosquito: A Mighty but Tiny Resident” reveals how mosquitos are responsible for the building of Wildlife Drive as a result of drainage ditches dug in 1962. Colon’s Point memorializes LCMCD heavy equipment operator Colon Moore, who did most of the digging. The new signage lays down some positive facts about mosquitos and their island populations. Refuge management created the panel as part of the refuge 75th anniversary celebration last year.