Posted by: admin | July 30, 2008

Doc Ford’s Sanibel To Help Throw Centennial Celebration At Refuge

As part of Sanibel Island’s “Ding” Darling Days eco-festival, Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille will sponsor an Anniversary Celebration – honoring 100 years for Matlacha Pass, Pine Island, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuges. The celebration takes place Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, starting at 11 a.m.

President Teddy Roosevelt dedicated the three refuges in the year 1908. They later became a part of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge complex.

Activities at the celebration will include birthday cake, an appearance by professional Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand, and presentations about the refuges and Audubon warden Columbus McLeod, who lost his life in 1908 protecting the refuges’ birds from poachers.

The one-hour celebration is open free to the public in the refuge’s Education Center.

“Ding” Darling Days celebrates the birthday of J.N. “Ding” Darling, the refuge’s namesake and father of the Duck Stamp Program. The event is co-presented by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (the refuge’s “friends” non-profit), and Tarpon Bay Explorers.


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