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  • White Pelican Makes Full Recovery From Red Tide Poisoning
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:00 PM

    An American white pelican was released at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 21, after receiving treatment at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

  • ‘Ding’ Darling Lecture Debunks Wildlife Myths
    Friday, February 15, 2019 9:11 AM
    Myth: Beavers can fell trees in the direction that they desire. Fact: Beavers simply gnaw around a tree until it falls, and occasionally a beaver is killed when a tree falls on it. It is one wildlife misconception corrected in the book Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife. The author, Warner Shedd, brings two special slide presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, March 1 at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge -- part of the  2019 “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture series.
  • SanCap Audubon Presents 'Elevate Your Bird Photography'
    Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:59 PM

    Using many of his excellent photos as examples Paul McKenney will give practical advice that can be used in the field to improve one's birding observations and to "Elevate Your Bird Photography.” Join McKenney at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Sanibel Community House for the eighth presentation of the 2019 San-Cap Audubon lecture series.

  • First SW Florida Showing Of Fly Fishing Film Tour
    Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:00 AM
    On Monday, February 11 the Sanibel Fly-Fishers club hosted the first SW Florida showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), an international collection of amazing fly fishing short films now in its 12th year.
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:10 PM

    Join WGCU and go On the Road for a day of marine education and exploration Tuesday, Feb. 26 on a visit to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota.

    The day begins when the luxury bus leaves WGCU Public Media on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus at 8 a.m., headed for a two-hour private eco-boat tour through Sarasota and Roberts bays.

  • Sanibel Shell Show Signals It's Time for Seashells
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 1:38 PM

    Shell collecting is the second most popular collecting hobby in the world. Only stamp collectors outnumber shell collectors.

    The word “seashells” is synonymous with Sanibel and every year, shell enthusiasts from around the United States, Canada and as far away as New Zealand, India, Japan and the Caribbean head for the Sanibel Shell Festival to compete in the longest running and most prestigious competitive Shell Show in the country. Winning an award at this show means “reaching the top.”

  • ‘Ding’ Darling Lecture Reveals Perplexing Relationship Between Monarchs, Milkweed
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:01 PM
    “This is important science about an iconic and sadly declining insect, made readable by enthusiastic, personal prose," wrote BBC Wildlife Magazine about Monarchs and Milkweed:  A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution by Anurag Agrawal. The author presents two special programs at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. -- part of the 2019 “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture series.
  • 82nd Annual Shell Show Judges Announced
    Monday, February 11, 2019 9:58 AM

    A distinguished panel of judges has been announced for the Sanibel Shell Show which will take place March 7,8,9 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.

  • Free Deck Talks Return to Tarpon Bay Explorers
    Sunday, February 10, 2019 9:00 AM
    After a two-year hiatus, the free Deck Talks will return providing a no cost, fun option for visitors of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 
  • One-Of-A-Kind Art Goes On Auction Block For Go Wild for ‘Ding’
    Saturday, February 09, 2019 9:00 AM
    Carvings by famed bird sculptor Jim Sprankle, an original osprey sculpted out of recycled bike tires, and a 5.5-foot-long beaded alligator are among the unique items that go on the auction block at the seventh annual fundraiser for the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Go Wild for “Ding” – Call of the Osprey takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Community House on Sanibel Island. 
  • San-Cap Audubon Presenting “Protecting Sanibel & Captiva - The Conservation Story”
    Friday, February 08, 2019 1:32 PM
    Long time island historians and authors Betty Anholt & Charles LeBuff will visually discuss the aspects and history of the islands conservation ethics to which they have each made major contributions and is the subject of their newly published book.  Join Betty and Charles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, as they share this special presentation showcasing the unique historical activities which have preserved our beloved islands.
  • ‘Ding’ Darling film series to air Saving Sea Turtles
    Thursday, February 07, 2019 2:54 PM
    The seventh annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series continues its biweekly showings on Feb. 20 with Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction at 1 p.m. in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island.
  • San-Cap Audubon Presents 2018 Stories From a Roadside Naturalist
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019 10:40 AM
    Rejoin photographic journalist, Rick Bunting, as he returns to present a new program entitled "2018 Stories From a Roadside Naturalist” as part of the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Lecture Series, at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Feb.7 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Rick will again utilize his unique perspective and excellent photos to expand on Nature around us to reveal many interesting beings and their activities.
  • ‘Ding’ Darling Lecture Follows a Year of Owls
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019 10:15 AM
    Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will present a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and dozens of new images from his new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls at special presentations at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Two free programs on Friday, Feb. 15, take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., part of the 2019 “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture series.
  • Offshore Captain Branca Speaking to Sanibel Fishing Club
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019 10:05 AM
    The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the north room at Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Meetings begins at 6:30 p.m. with a half-hour social time and the featured speaker is at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the event and the angling public is cordially invited to attend. Pizza and refreshments are available at a nominal charge.
  • Naturalists To Be Featured Authors at 82nd Shell Festival
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:53 AM
    Couple will be signing copies of their books, Florida’s Living Beaches, Florida’s Seashells, and Our Sea Turtles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Sanibel Community House.
  • Sobczak Discusses Gators, Sharks, Panthers and Spouses
    Saturday, February 02, 2019 1:04 PM

    Although there are loads of lethal animals lurking about in Florida and elsewhere, author and lecturer Charlie Sobczak said the one that is statistically most apt to kill or maim you is your fellow human being – perhaps your spouse.

  • San-Cap Audubon Presents “Hummingbirds of the Northern Andes”
    Monday, January 28, 2019 6:01 PM
    Peter Hawrylyshyn will detail his experiences observing and photographing many of the over 150 colorful and unique Hummingbird species that inhabit these high peaks of South America in his program "Hummingbirds of the Northern Andes". Join Peter at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Sanibel Community House for the fifth presentation of the 2019 San-Cap Audubon lecture series.
  • Monday, January 28, 2019 6:00 PM
    The Sanibel Fly Fishers club will host the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The featured films include stunning videography and narration depicting some of the most iconic salt- and freshwater fly-fishing destinations worldwide, including British Columbia, Australia, the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho, South Dakota, French Polynesia and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Refuge Welcomes Visitor Services Intern
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 3:38 PM

    Visitor services intern Elizabeth Preciado arrived recently to help the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with staffing shortages this season, thanks to funding from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS).

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