One of Florida’s most beautiful places is the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Preserve on the island of Sanibel. Darling, if you don’t know, was an editorial cartoonist in the 1930s and his passion for protecting the environment led President Franklin Roosevelt to appoint him as the head of head of the U.S. Biological Survey, the forerunner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The preserve is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States, and known worldwide for migratory bird. It’s quite a remarkable place; teeming with wildlife and revealing a side of Florida that remains true to nature.
Revealing the love that locals have for this slice of paradise, a group called Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge set a goal in January of raising $1.8 million to purchase acreage at Woodring Point at the entrance to the refuge’s Tarpon Bay sea-life nursery and to add upgrades to their education center.
By golly, just seven months later they reached that goal.
Nature can always use the helping hand of man, so if you’d like to chip in for future safeguards, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org.