“Ding” Darling Days are Here!

Sandalfoot Condominium invites you to “Ding” Darling Days on Sanibel Island. Sunday, October 14, 2012 marked the FREE Family Fun Day Kick-Off and we were there to celebrate! There was so much to do and see.  The Life-size Animal Puppet Parade was amazing!  Equally enjoyable and informative were the Live Wildlife Presentations, Butterfly House, Touch Tank, Wildlife Arts & Crafts, and the Free Entrance to Wildlife Drive were enjoyed by hundreds of intrigued guest.  We will continue to enjoy the fun this week and we hope to see you there too.   We’ve posted a few pics on our fanpage – click here to view now.

New this year, muppeteer Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather Henson with Ibex Puppetry, performed a parade featuring life-sized endangered animal puppets. Plans for an indoor performance on Monday, October 15 are scheduled at the refuge.

Conservation Art Day winds up the celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20, with visits from Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp winners and nature art workshops. This year, the event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the refuge’s friends group and the 20th anniversary of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, which started on Sanibel.

Free and discounted birding, biking, kayaking, and sea life boat tours, films, and presentations will fill the week between the two events. The 23rd Annual “Ding” Darling Days celebrates the birthday of the refuge’s namesake, father of the Federal Duck Stamp program and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling.

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

Visit www.dingdarlingdays.com for updates on events, information on sponsoring “Ding” Days, or to sign up for weekly bulletins.

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds.

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch at 239-292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

Sandalfoot Condominium on Sanibel Island – Recipient of the 2012 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor and 2012 AAA Three-Diamond Award.  Your home-away-from-home beachfront vacation rental.  Your choice of either a 1 or 2-bedroom, beachfront or gulf view, condominium.   Each completely and thoughtfully appointed.  Relax and spend lazy days sunning or shelling on one of the best shelling beaches of the world; take a dip in our pool or perhaps play a friendly game of tennis or shuffleboard; bike the island trails, fish right from the beach, tee-off at a nearby golf course, enjoy world-class shopping and dining, or go birding at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – the possibilities are endless!  With so much to offer, Sandalfoot Condominium is the best value for your vacation rental on Sanibel Island.

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