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"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society Newsletter
December 15, 2016
In This Issue
Our 2017 Film Series kicks off on January 4, 2017
To learn more, click the logo.

Thank you to our Film Series Sponsor

Lectures begin
January 20, 2017. Click the picture to learn more!

Thank you to our Series Sponsor

If you are a high school student from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, or Hendry counties, click the photo above to learn how to enter the 4th annual contest. 
Deadline of January 15, 2016
TODAY: Osprey Lecture

Photo by Terry Baldwin
A special lecture takes place this evening in the Visitor & Education Center at 5 p.m. Made possible through a partnership between "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society and the International Osprey Foundation, it features ornithologist and author Alan Poole, who will present a free PowerPoint lecture on his extensive osprey research around the world. Poole wrote the definitive book on the species in the late 1980s and is at work on an update with a global READ MORE

Alan Poole
Plan to Attend
EVCO's 32nd Annual Conference seeks to raise critical, timely issues for in-depth debates in an open, accessible forum. Community leaders and political figures will come to discuss their positions, pledge their support, and offer challenges to the community. Click here for more info.

Warm, Spoonbill Love

Warm, fashionable, and perfect for fans of the Roseate Spoonbill, we have two new items for the ladies. The beautiful silk scarf ($69.95) is hand-painted with the artist's signature. The zip-up hoodie ($40) in turquoise features a Roseate Spoonbill, "Ding" Darling stamp on the back.

Can't decide what to get a loved on for the holidays?  Give them a gift card to purchase a unique item from the Nature Store.  

To order your gift card, sweatshirt, scarf, or other featured items by mail, please email Jeanne Walsh or call 239-472-1100 ext. 241.

Remember, proceeds from all Nature Store sales go directly to the Refuge for educational programs and wildlife research.
Consider a Gift of Appreciated Stock

With the holidays upon us and the year-end quickly approaching, one might consider donating appreciated stock to benefit the conservation efforts taking place at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Each year, many tax-savvy people make donations of appreciated long-term stocks and bonds directly to public charities, such as the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS), rather than selling the appreciated securities and writing a check READ MORE
                      Go Wild for "Ding" Auction  

Here at "Ding," we are becoming very excited for the arrival of our amazing, one-of-a-kind, aluminum alligator-heron sculpture by artist Michael Mistler. The sculpture will be displayed on the grounds of the Refuge beginning in January until early February and will then be moved to the Go Wild for "Ding" event for the live auction. This piece is sure to excite any homeowner with a large yard or Florida Gators fan. 

The appraised value for the heron-alligator sculpture is $22,000. If anyone is interested in learning more about the piece or purchasing the sculpture for its appraised value, please contact Executive Director, Birgie Miller, at 239-292-0566 or email.
This event sells out, so get your reservations made today by clicking the Register NOW! button below.  
Go Wild for 'Ding' Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring our BIG 
Go Wild for Ding - Give a Hoot fundraiser on February 8? Email or call us at 239-292-0566.

Thanks to our growing list of generous sponsors:

Champion Level: Mark & Gretchen Banks, Wayne & Linda Boyd, Jim & Patty Sprankle.

Guardian Level: Island Inn, George & Wendy's Seafood Grille.

Protector Level
Sarah Ashton & Jim Metzler, Mike & Terry Baldwin, Amanda Cross.

Defender Level
Barrier Island Title Service, Doug & Sherry Gentry, Greenwood Consulting Group, Phyllis Gresham, Tree West LLC.

America's Best-Kept Secret

Location: 19.64 million acres of land and water in northeast Alaska
Snow Goose

Totemic Fauna: Moose, Polar Bear, and Snow Goose

Fun for the Family: Plan a day hike at easily accessible Atigum Gorge.

Visitor's Tip: The best and safest way to view 
polar bears is through local guide companies.
Polar Bears, photos courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Photo courtesy of Sarah Lathrop
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Guarino

Seen at the Refuge this week are two of our very interesting avian residents. On the right, a beautiful Roseate Spoonbill was seen along Wildlife Drive. The photo to the right shows a group of crows (Fish Crow), also called a murder, flying around a rookery in Tarpon Bay. To see a video of this murder
click the photo above!

   To see more wildlife photos like these, click on our social media links:
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or go to the Society website to view the LIVE WEBCAM!!

If you have taken any beautiful, interesting, or just plain goofy photos taken at the Refuge, send them to Carrie Alexander for a chance to be featured in upcoming newsletters.
These are just snapshots of some of the things taking place at your Wildlife Refuge.  Please check our website at www.dingdarlingsociety.org to learn more!
Birgit Miller, Executive Director

"Ding" On The Wing composed by Chelle Koster Walton.  Designed by Sarah Lathrop, Emily Koval, and Sierra Hoisington.

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