J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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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
Map showing the location of J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
LocationLee County, Florida, United States
Nearest citySanibel, Florida
Coordinates26°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
Area5200 acres (21 km2)
Established1976
Named forJay Norwood "Ding" Darling
Governing bodyUS Fish & Wildlife Service
WebsiteJ. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS), a non-profit Friends of the Refuge organization, supports environmental education and services at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.[1] It is named for the cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling.[2]

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.[3]

Map of Sanibel Island and refuge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partnerships - J.N. Ding Darling - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service". www.fws.gov. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  2. ^ ""Ding" Darling Wildlife Society". dingdarlingsociety.org. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  3. ^ "J.N. "Ding" Darling Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved 2011-08-22.

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