A Day at "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2008


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Monday, March 3, 2008

 


Another gorgeous day, and Keri's last day in Florida before returning to Boston and winter...so we put the top down on the car and headed across the Sanibel Causeway to Sanibel Island, hoping to catch a tram tour of  J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States, and is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.
J. N. "Ding" Darling is one of over 540 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

  Unfortunately, the tram tours were all booked up, but we did manage to book a cruise tour, which offered us hopes of dolphin sightings, and almost guaranteed viewing of many varieties of water birds.  We had a great day, learned lots about manatees and other kinds of sea life,  and I took tons of pictures, which I'll get loaded to this site shortly.   For now, a map pin and this short update.
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