2018 Press Releases

Free refuge programs begin Jan. 7 12/18

Ding’ Darling film series winds up with Saving Atlantis 12/18

 Jane Goodall topic of ‘Ding’ Darling film series showing 12/18

‘Ding’ Darling film series to air A Plastic Ocean 12/18

Pythons in the Everglades topic of ‘Ding’ Darling film series showing 12/18

‘Ding’ Darling film series kicks off with RiverBlue 12/18

‘Ding’ Darling film series to air Saving Sea Turtles 12/18

‘Ding’ Darling film series shares ‘Untold’ Sanibel stories 12/18

‘Ding’ Darling to air free preview of PBS’ The Swamp Everglades film 12/18

New board, award winners, reelected officers announced at DDWS annual meeting 12/18

 ‘Ding’ Darling to celebrate Woodring 100th anniversary 12/18

 ‘Ding’ Darling announces 2019 film series lineup 12/18

‘Ding’ awards $11K in school conservation education grants 11/18

DDWS hires new development officer 11/18

‘Ding’ Darling to kick off 75th celebration 10/18

‘Ding’ Darling hosts sixth annual photo contest for high schoolers 10/18

Save the date: Go Wild for ‘Ding’ – Call of the Osprey 10/18

DDWS hosts Shop ‘Ding’ holiday event 10/18

‘Ding’ Darling takes the throne: Voted America’s Best Restroom® 10/18

‘Ding’ Darling lecture covers global, local sea rise 10/18

Big pink birds topic of ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 10/18

First woman Big Year winner to present ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 10/18

Author speaks on islands of Pine Island Sound at ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 10/18

‘Ding’ Darling lecture debunks wildlife myths 10/18

DDWS announces ‘Ding’ Days photo contest winners 10/18

DDWS teacher grants deadline Oct. 31 10/18

Special ‘Ding’ lectures examine islands’ conservation ethic 10/18

DDWS hires new store assistant 10/18

‘Ding’ Darling lecture series takes flight with birds of Alaska 9/18 

Refuge welcomes visitor services intern 9/18

DDWS hires new director of development 9/18

Live wildlife presentations, Kidz Kool Zone, service vehicle demos highlights of free ‘Ding’ Family Fun Day 2018 9/18 

Refuge welcomes art intern 9/18 

Duck Stamp artists, hands-on nature art headline free Conservation Art Day 9/18

DDWS welcomes two new interns 9/18

‘Ding’ Darling lecture to follow python hunters, researcher 9/18

‘Ding’ Darling lecture aims to turn tide on plastic pollution 9/18

 Refuge welcomes two education interns 9/18 

Bunche Beach Birding Tram, ranger tours highlights of ‘Ding’ Days Friday 9/18

World-renown Crossley riffs on waterfowl at ‘Ding’ Darling lecture 9/18

‘Ding’ Darling lecture follows a year of owls 9/18 

‘Ding’ Darling lecture reveals perplexing relationship between monarchs, milkweed 9/18

‘Ding’ Darling issues free federal lands passes for fourth graders and families 9/18

‘Ding’ Darling opens Bailey Tract, Tarpon Bay ramp 9/18

‘Ding’ Darling to host Badge University 8/18 

‘Ding’ Darling lecture series headlines Crossley, flamingos, and python hunters 8/18

‘Ding’ Darling extends holiday happy hours for shoppers 8/18

Free Wildlife Drive admission, activities celebrate National Public Lands Day at the Refuge 8/18 

‘Ding’ Darling chosen as America’s Best Bathroom final contestant 8/18

Refuge welcomes 2018 biology interns 8/18 

DDWS teacher grants deadline Oct. 31; larger grants available this year 7/18

DDWS hires second store assistant 7/18

Save the date for 30th annual “Ding” Darling Days 7/18

‘Ding’ Darling plans prescribed burn of the Botanical Site 7/18

Ranger Westland receives 20-year award 6/18

Refuge welcomes summer education intern 6/18

Refuge Nature Store names new manager 6/18

‘Ding’ tarpon tournament breaks records with $120K 5/18

 ‘Ding’ Days photo contest opens 5/18

‘Ding’ Darling awards scholarships for environmental studies 5/18

 Bailey Tract Restoration Project 5/18

Refuge celebrates World Oceans Day June 8 5/18

‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society announce staff changes 5/18

Refuge welcomes summer education intern 5/18

‘Ding’ Darling leads island in Just Water movement 5/18

‘Ding’ Darling biologist speaks on benefits of Bailey Tract restoration 4/18

Ranger Westland accepts state conservation educator award 4/18

‘Ding’ Darling hosts bird photographer exhibit, reception 3/18

European fishing journalist team returns for ‘Ding’ tarpon tournament 3/18

‘Ding’ Darling hosts free Estate Planning 101 3/18

Ranger Westland receives state conservation educator award 3/18

‘Ding’ free summer programs begin June 4 2/18

Biking, hiking, programs on tap for Earth Day at the Refuge 2/18

Miller to resign as DDWS executive director 2/18

Refuge, DDWS honor volunteers 2/18 

Refuge welcomes new education intern 2/18

‘Ding’ welcomes permanently endowed fund 2/18

‘Ding’ Darling announces high school photo contest winners 2/18

March 31 DDWS scholarships application deadline 1/18

One-of-a-kind art, excursions go on auction block for Go Wild for ‘Ding’ 1/18

Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s becomes Go Wild for ‘Ding’ Champion Sponsor 1/18


Doc Ford’s co-sponsors seventh annual tarpon tournament 1/18

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