J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Map showing the location of J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Location Lee County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Sanibel, Florida
Coordinates 26°27′30″N 82°06′00″W / 26.45833°N 82.10000°W / 26.45833; -82.10000Coordinates: 26°27′30″N 82°06′00″W / 26.45833°N 82.10000°W / 26.45833; -82.10000
Area 5200 acres (21 km2)
Established 1976
Governing body US Fish & Wildlife Service

The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located in southwestern Florida, on Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico. It is named for the cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling.

The 5200 acre (21 km2) refuge was established in 1976, to protect one of the country's largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems. The refuge is well known for its migratory bird populations. Hurricane Charley struck the refuge on August 13, 2004, causing major changes to the topography and ecology. The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of the following: the Darling Refuge itself, and the Caloosahatchee, Island Bay, Matlacha, and Pine Island National Wildlife Refuges.

The northern section of the refuge is in the J.N. Ding Darling Wilderness Area, which was created in 1976 and currently protects 2,619 acres (1,060 ha) or 41% of the refuge.[1]

Map of Sanibel Island and refuge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J.N. "Ding" Darling Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 

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