J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island

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Considered Florida's prime bird-watching area, J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the nation's largest mangrove ecosystems. Named after cartoonist "Ding" Darling, an important figure in the conservationist movement of the 1930s, the refuge provides a temporary home for migratory bird populations and attracts almost a million annual visitors with its "wildlife drive," a windy road through the mangrove forest and the tidal flats. You can watch thousands of birds from the comfort of your car, or drop into the visitor center to see interactive exhibits about great egrets, wood storks, blue herons, white pelicans, cormorants, ospreys, and bald eagles. The center also includes a bookstore that sells nature books and field guides. Our Sanibel Island itinerary planner makes visiting J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and other Sanibel Island attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A drive thru nature preserve,plus a museum.Can be enjoyed rain or shine,at your own pace.Places to walk and enjoy as well as view from the car 
  • Nous avons bien aimé cette ballade au milieu des oiseaux. Nous avons vu beaucoup d'espèces et même un très gros alligator. Circuit très facile à pied 
  • My husband and son went on a run on the trails here. I drove through one afternoon. Saw egrets, white and brown pelicans. Very pretty.