32nd Annual “Ding” Darling Days
Refuge staff recently announced that the new date for the 32nd annual “Ding” Darling Day at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in conjunction with its 75th Anniversary Celebration. Originally set for Sunday, Oct. 18, the event has been postponed due to safety concerns from COVID-19 spread. “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,” said supervisory refuge ranger Toni Westland, who heads the “Ding” Darling Day committee.
Details of how this year’s “Ding” Day will look are still in the planning stage as the committee adapts to the changing situation. It tentatively will include a refuge dedication with officials from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 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 that day.
Visit www.dingdarlingdays.com for updates on events, information on sponsoring “Ding” Darling Day, or to sign up for e-mail update bulletins.
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