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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Hours & Info

Wildlife Drive Hours (Closed Fridays)

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Visitor & Education Center Hours (Closed Fridays)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society Mailing Address

P.O. Box 565
Sanibel Island, Florida 33957


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Thanks to Larry Strange, Jr., for volunteering
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