Who Is J.N. "Ding" Darling?

A pioneering conservationist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist of the 1920s to 1940s, Jay Norwood Darling signed his name "Ding."

Friends of "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge

We are a nonprofit that financially supports nature conservation, wildlife protection, and education efforts for J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel and Captiva islands in Southwest Florida.

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Wildlife Drive Hours (Closed Fridays)

7:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Visitor & Education Center Hours

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Society Office Hours

8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

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Lee County Voters! Vote Yes on Conservation 20/20 in November.


Help Save This Land!

The "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society needs YOUR help to raise $2 million by February 2017 to purchase 8.15 acres of critical wildlife habitat. Help us save the land from construction to preserve vital habitat for more than 80 land and marine wildlife species.

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Vote Yes

Please spread the word to vote in favor of solar energy in the August 30 Florida primary election. Lower the cost of energy simply by voting YES on Amendment 4. The proposed amendment, if passed, will exempt solar systems from the burdensome tangible personal property tax for a period of 20 years. 

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Donate and make a difference!

Making a charitable contribution is easy and tax deductible. You can donate online by clicking the Support the Refuge button below. Once you have registered or logged in, you can choose to make a Regular Donation, a Memorial to remember a departed loved one, or an Honorarium as a special gift to a nature-loving friend or family member.


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