Category Archives: Wildlife

National Seashell Day

Sanibel celebrated it’s inaugural National Seashell Day June 20th, 2016. National Seashell Day was created to educate the public about mollusks, the creatures who create and live in seashells. ABC’s Good Morning America interviewed The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman who shared information about the museum and did a live shell demonstration. Read More »


RARE GREAT WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN PELICAN SPOTTED ON SANIBEL

A very rare Great White South African Pelican was spotted at Ding Darling on Sanibel Island.  Photos were taken on February 29, 2016 between 2:30pm and 3:00pm by Roberta Schuldenfrei. Read More »


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 »