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"Ding - Darling" refuge staff envisions that most of this year’s “Ding” Darling Day activities will take place outdoors along Wildlife Drive and Indigo Trail. “Ding” Darling Day logo attached “Ding” Darling Day postponed to Dec. 1 Refuge staff recently announced that the new date for the 32nd annual “Ding” Darling Day at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in conjunction with its 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Originally set for Sunday, Oct. 18, the event has been postponed due to safety concerns from COVID-19 spread. They had been planning on an extra special ‘Ding’ Day this year, They did  postpone their on-site events, they changed it to coincide with the date of their 75th anniversary. Details of how this year’s “Ding” Day will look are still in the planning stage as the committee adapts to the changing situation.

It tentatively will include a refuge dedication with officials from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other dignitaries in attendance.

Social distancing and other safety precautions will be required at the outdoor event.

Admission to Wildlife Drive will be free to all that day.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers cosponsor “Ding” Darling Day with generous support from the local community and businesses.