2017 Press Releases

‘Ding’ Darling elects new member, emeritus members, officers 12/17

‘Ding’ awards $7K in school conservation education grants 12/17

Free refuge programs begin Jan. 2 12/17

Wings of Life documentary explores value of pollinators at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17 

Tapped documentary pulls the cap off bottled water industry at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17

STRAWS documentary advocates for elimination of plastic straws at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17

Mission Blue documentary imagines a network of marine sanctuaries at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17 

The Forgotten Coast documentary explores Florida’s hidden treasures at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17

Chasing Coral documentary dives into reefs at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17

From the Ashes documentary delves into coal mining at ‘Ding’ airing 11/17 

Puffin project topic of 'Ding' lecture 11/17

Puffin activist Stephen Kress makes dinner appearance at ‘Ding’ 11/17

Mote Marine scientist talks coral at ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 11/17 

‘Ding’ Darling lecture hails generous Americans who preserved wilderness 11/17

 Deadline approaches for ‘Ding’ Darling high school photo contest 11/17

‘Teddy Roosevelt’ speaks out on conservation at ‘Ding’ lecture 11/17

Cornell collaborator celebrates bird sights, sounds at ‘Ding’ lecture 11/17

Bird door wraps add new dimension to ‘Ding’ Learning Lavatories 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling lecture goes to the beach 11/17

International Big Year birder kicks off ‘Ding’ Darling lecture series 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling lecture lauds foresighted conservationists 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling lecture takes flight with swallow-tailed kites 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling lecture journeys to Antarctica 11/17

Puffin Project topic of ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 11/17

Birds of prey imagery highlight of ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling lecturer pays homage to Gulf of Mexico 11/17

Refuge welcomes new education intern 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces closings, fee-free days 11/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces 2018 film series lineup 10/17 

‘Ding’ Darling lecture series visits Gulf of Mexico, puffins, and sea turtles 10/17

‘Ding’ Darling hosts free Estate Planning 101 10/17

Celebrity birders Don & Lillian Stokes return for private refuge birding tours 10/17

DDWS announces ‘Ding’ Days photo contest winners 10/17

‘Ding’ Darling awards Sprankle its Brush of Excellence 10/17

Duck Stamp artists, hands-on workshops headline free Conservation Art Day 10/17

 Refuge welcomes new biology intern 10/17

 Live wildlife presentations, demos, crafts highlights of free ‘Ding’ Family Fun Day 2017 10/17

‘Ding’ Darling to unveil Perry Tract Kiosk at Gulfside City Park 10/17

DDWS teacher grants deadline extended to Nov. 30 10/17

Learning Lavatories unveiling Oct. 13 at ‘Ding’ Darling 10/17

That brown water is back! 9/17

Refuge welcomes new intern 9/17 

 Bunche Beach Birding Tram, ranger bike tour highlights of ‘Ding’ Days Friday 9/17

Refuge offers 3 Wildlife Drive free-access days during ‘Ding’ Days’ 9/17

 'Ding' Darling Reopening Schedule (post-Hurricane Irma) 9/17

 Free Wildlife Drive admission celebrates National Public Lands Day at the Refuge 9/17

‘Ding’ Darling Days themes spotlight family, pollinators, art 8/17

‘Ding’ Days photo contest deadline Sept. 15 8/17

Periwinkle Park joins ‘Ding’ Days sponsors 8/17

DDWS promotes Galloway to assistant office manager 8/17

Sanibel Moorings joins ‘Ding’ Days sponsors 8/17

‘Ding’ Darling extends holiday happy hours for shoppers 8/17

DDWS teacher grants deadline Oct. 31 8/17

Island Condo joins ‘Ding’ Days sponsors 7/17 

Refuge reveals new activities for ‘Ding’ Darling Days 2017 7/17

DDWS hires teacher to help with refuge education staffing shortages 7/17

New exhibits heighten refuge’s Bailey Tract experience 7/17

Federal senior pass cost to increase Aug. 28 7/17

‘Ding’ Days photo contest opens 7/17

Blue Giraffe Great Egret sponsor for “Ding” Days 2017 6/17

Doc Ford’s  top “Ding” Days sponsors for 2017 6/17

Additional ‘Ding’ summer help arrives 6/17

‘Ding’ tarpon tournament breaks records 5/17

Dollar-for-dollar challenge grant comes to refuge education aid 5/17

‘Ding’ tarpon tournament victors win big 5/17

 ‘Ding’ STAR teacher helps with environmental education 5/17

Manatee ‘sculptire’ launches project #LearningLav at ‘Ding’ Darling 5/17

 Save the date for 29th annual “Ding” Darling Days 5/17

‘Ding’ Darling awards scholarships for environmental studies 5/17

 ‘Ding’ Darling presents Doc Ford’s with permanent tarpon trophy 5/17

‘Ding’ free summer programs begin June 7 4/17

 Sprankle sculpture raises $115K for two island charities 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces Platinum Sponsors of sixth annual tarpon tournament 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling dedicates sixth annual tarpon tournament to Don Wildman 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces Premier Sponsors of sixth annual tarpon tournament 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling’s Wulfert land acquisition a success 3/17

Sprankle sculpture goes up for auction to benefit two island charities 3/17

‘Raptor whisperer’ to share insights from eagle, osprey nests at ‘Ding’ lecture 3/17

‘Ding’ free summer programs begin June 7 3/17

Biking, hiking, programs on tap for Earth Day at the Refuge 3/17

March 31 DDWS scholarships application deadline 2/17

Go Solar, Sanibel!  Learn the latest about solar energy 2/17 

Doc Ford’s co-sponsors sixth annual tarpon tournament 2/17

‘Ding’ to host private dinner lecture with Douglas Brinkley 2/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces high school photo contest winners 2/17

‘Ding’ Darling takes possession of additional acreage 2/17

Refuge, DDWS honor volunteers 2/17

‘Ding’ Darling to host Audubon-inspired art exhibition 2/17

New rubbing table enhances the family experience at ‘Ding’ Darling 2/17

Refuge Nature Store welcomes new staff 1/17

One-of-a-kind art on auction block for Go Wild for ‘Ding 1/17