Category Archives: Wildlife

Eaglet treated by CROW

Eaglet E8 was recently hospitalized at CROW after an observer noticed the baby had monofilament wrapped around it’s leg.  Dr. Barron was given permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Florida Fish and Wildlife to remove the eaglet and treat it’s swollen leg.  Luckily the baby suffered only minor tissue damage and has been returned to it’s nest.  You can see... Read More »


Valentine’s Day with Dolphins

Adventures in Paradise is doing a Sunset Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise on Sunday February 14th from 5:45pm to 6:45pm.   The 90 minute tour provides a beautiful and romantic way to view the outstanding wildlife Sanibel has to offer.  Tickets can be purchased  at www.AdventuresInParadise.com or by calling 239-472-8443. Read More »


Santa Cruise – Bring the kids!!

Adventures in Paradise is offering “Santa’s Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise” on the “Dolphin Waters”, a 45′ Corinthian Power Catamaran.  The ship sails Wednesday December 24th from 10:00am to 11:30am.  Santa will be waiting on Picnic Island with gifts for all the children.  Come treat yourself and your family to a fun sightseeing adventure.  Visit AdventuresInParadise.com for more information. Read More »


Free Wildlife Drive Access During “Ding” Days

Come out and enjoy the natural beauty of our barrier island for free! The JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel will be celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week by allowing complimentary admission for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic on Sunday October 18th and Saturday October 24th. For more information go to www.dingdarlingdays.com. Read More »


552lb Grouper Caught off the Sanibel Causeway

While fishing off the Sanibel causeway, Jon Black (a bait-shop owner from Cape Coral) reeled in a Goliath grouper estimated to be 552 pounds. The grouper measured 83 inches long and 73 inches in girth. Black believes his catch has set the state record for Goliath Grouper caught on rod and reel. The video of Black landing the grouper was... Read More »


Ding Darling Days 2014

 Celebrate the week at Ding Darling. Here are some of the puppets from the show this past weekend. Read More »


Celebrate National Public Lands Day

The Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  There will be a re-think/recycle craft display, guided hiking, a film, and other free activities. Admission to Wildlife Drive is free for everyone all day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read More »


Ding Darling News

There’s a new permanent exhibit opening soon at Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve called Saving Sea Turtles.  It will be an interactive exhibit located in the Visitor’s Center with the grand unveiling happening August 29th. Stop on by and check it out! Read More »


Upcycle Art Fest on Sanibel

Paintings on palm fronds, jewelry from recycled soda cans, a sculpture from a reclaimed tree stump, pillows from cloth scraps, bowls of recycled paper and fabric, abstract wall hangings from re-purposed gadgets, and magnificent sculptures from old bicycle tires: Upcycle! Art Fest promises a marketplace of creatively re-envisioned art by artists from around the country.  The art fest takes place... Read More »


Things to do at Ding Darling

There are some new programs that started in January at the Refuge. The plan is to run them through the end of April. The programs are free. They start at 8:30 and last anywhere from a half hour to two hours and cover such things as Nature Photography, Plants of the Bailey Tract Tour, Calusa Shell Mound Tours, Craft &... Read More »