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     FALL 2008

                                                                 News from Friends of
                                                               the J.N.“Ding” Darling
                                                              National Wildlife Refuge

                                                                                             19th Annual
                                                             “Ding” Darling Days
 “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, a non-profit Friends of
the Refuge organization, supports environmental edu-
cation and services at J.N. “Ding” Darling National
Wildlife Refuge. It depends on membership fees and
private contributions and is grateful to those who help      Centennial Celebration on the Slate
fund projects such as the Education Center, internships,
interpretative signage, research, student education, and
informational literature.                                   T   his year’s “Ding” Darling Days birding
                                                                and eco-festival, Oct. 19-26, will cele-
                                                            brate the 100th anniversary of three of
                                                                                                                                   Roosevelt Day as part of the week-long cel-
                                                                                                                                      ebration of “Ding” Darling’s birthday.
                                                                                                                                          For more information on events
                                                            the refuges that are part of the                                                  (see schedule below), log on to
                                                            “Ding” Darling Refuge                                                    
                                                            Complex.                                                                           Thanks to rangers Toni
                                                               In 1908, President                                                              Westland and Traci Hameet-
                                                            Theodore Roosevelt dedicat-                                                        man for their diligent work
                                                            ed Matlacha Pass, Pine                                                             on the site.
       GOING FOURTH                                         Island, and Island Bay
                                                            National Wildlife Refuges.                                                      The Refuge’s 100th
As we enter into our centennial celebration of three        The small refuges were later                                                   Anniversary Logo combines
refuges in the “Ding” Darling complex – Matlacha            taken into the “Ding” Darling fold                                            a cartoon that J.N. “Ding”
Pass, Pine Island, and Island Bay NWRs – we look            and still fall under its administration.                               Darling drew of Teddy Roosevelt
back to 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt’s dedication of               The Refuge and “Ding” Darling Wildlife                          with the names of the three local
the early refuges.                                          Society (DDWS) have declared Wednesday, Oct. 22, Teddy   refuges Roosevelt created.
    “Ding’s” Fourth of July float kicked things off
with former Lead Park Ranger Kevin Godsea (who
has moved on to manage a Charleston, SC, refuge)
in the role of T.R. The float was appropriate for the
                                                                                EVENTS AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                                                                              OCT. 19
                                                            SUNDAY, Birding Tour Caravan, meet at EC
Sanibel parade’s Blast from the Past theme and
won an award for best music or performance.                                                                          9:30-11 am Refuge Birding Tour Caravan, meet at EC
    “Ding” Darling Days will keep the celebration           9:30-11 am Refuge                                           flagpole
afloat with special cruises to the refuges and pre-            flagpole                                                 Fee: $5 Refuge admission
sentations by a professional Teddy Roosevelt repris-           Fee: $5 Refuge admission                              10:30 am-12:30 pm Guided Kayak Tour, Tarpon Bay
or. (Sorry, Kevin, guess you’re fired from that job!)       9-10 am FREE Family Beach Walk (parking fees apply),        Explorers
                                                               Gulfside Park, Algiers Rd.                               25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children
                                                                                                                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                                                                                                                     10-11:30 am Refuge Bike Tour, meet at EC flagpole
                                                            MONDAY, OCT. TBE                 20                         Fee: $1 Refuge admission
                                                            8:30-10:30 am Guided Kayak Tour,                         11 am-12:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE
                                                               25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                     25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children
                                                                                                                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                                                            (EC= “Ding” Darling Education Center)                    12:30-1 pm FREE Deck Talk: Dolphins, TBE
                                                            (TBE= Tarpon Bay Explorers)                                                                continued on next page

                                                 INSIDE: “DING” DAYS EVENTS AND SPONSORS
                     Sponsors’ Generosity Ensures Best-ever “Ding” Days
FALL 2008 – PAGE 2

                     Thanks to the incredible support that makes this        Jerry’s Foods                                                Sandalfoot Condominium
                     event possible and better every year!                   Sanibel Captiva Community Bank                               Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club
                                                                             Sanibel Captiva Trust Company                                Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club
                     $5,000 Roseate Spoonbill Sponsor                        Sanibel Island Fishing Club                                  The Werner Family
                     Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille                     Times of the Islands
                                                                             West Wind Inn                                                $200 Snowy Egret Sponsors
                     $2,500 Great Egret Sponsors                                                                                          Queenie’s Real Homemade Ice Cream
                     Captiva Cruises                                         $500 Reddish Egret Sponsors                                  Sanibel Arms West
                     Our Captiva Premier Rental Properties                   Billy’s Rentals and Billy’s Bikes                            Sanibel Sea School
                     Sotheby’s International Realty                          Blind Pass Condominium Vacation Rentals                      Schnapper’s Hots
                     ‘Tween Waters Inn                                       Dan Hahn Custom Builders                                     Soon Come Contract Hauling
                                                                             Jensen’s Twin Palms Resort & Marina                          Thank You for the Dance Entertainment
                     $1,000 Great Blue Heron Sponsors                        Lily & Co.                                                   Birgie & Kevin Vertesch
                     Mike & Terry Baldwin                                    Chip & Sheryl Lesch                                          Vortex Optics
                     Bank of the Islands/Edison National Bank

                                                                             5-7 pm Sunset Paddle, TBE                                    5-7 pm Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE
                     EVENTS AT A GLANCE                                         25% off: $30 for adults, $18.75 for children                 25% off: $18.75 for adults, $11.25 for children
                                                                                Reservations required: 239-472-8900                          Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                     continued from page 1                                   7-8 pm FREE Sanibel School presents Wild Day play and        5-7 pm Sunset Paddle, TBE
                                                                                “Teddy Roosevelt”                                            25% off: $30 for adults, $18.75 for children
                     1-2:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                    Appearance, sponsored by Sotheby’s Realty, at The            Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                        25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children                Sanibel School. Free gifts for the first 100 kids (door
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                     opens at 6:30).
                     5-7 pm Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                                                                         THURSDAY, OCT. 23
                        25% off: $18.75 for adults, $11.25 for children                                                                   8:30-10:30 am Guided Kayak Tour, TBE
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                  WEDNESDAY,Day 22OCT.                                            25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children
                     5-7 pm Sunset Paddle, TBE                               Teddy Roosevelt                                                 Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                        25% off: $30 for adults, $18.75 for children         Celebrating the 100th anniversary of our complex’s           9:30-11am Refuge Birding Tour Caravan, meet at EC
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                  Pine Island, Matlacha Pass, and Island Bay National             flagpole
                                                                             Wildlife Refuges                                                Fee: $5 Refuge admission
                                                                             8:30-9:30 am Roosevelt Channel Coffee & Cruise,              10:30 am-12:30 pm Guided Kayak Tour, TBE
                     TUESDAY, OCT. 21                                           McCarthy’s Marina                                            25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children
                     Let’s Go Outside! Day                                      20% off: $25 adults, $15 children                            Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                     8:30-10:30 am Guided Kayak Tour, TBE                       Reservations required: 239-472-5300                       11 am-12:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE
                        25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                 8:30-10:30 am Guided Kayak Tour, TBE                            25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                     25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                         Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                     9:30-11 am Refuge Birding Tour Caravan, meet at EC         Reservations required: 239-472-8900                       12:30-1pm FREE Deck Talk: Sharks, TBE
                        flagpole                                             9:30-11 am Refuge Birding Tour Caravan, meet at EC           1-2 pm CROW Veterinarian Presentation, EC
                        Fee: $5 Refuge admission                                flagpole                                                  1-2:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE
                     10:30 am-12:30 pm Guided Kayak Tour, TBE                   Fee: $5 Refuge admission                                     25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children
                        25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                 10:30 am-12:30 pm Guided Kayak Tour, TBE                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                     25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                      5-7 pm Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE
                     11 am-12:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE               Reservations required: 239-472-8900                          25% off: $18.75 for adults, $11.25 for children
                        25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children             11 am-12:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                    Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                     25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children                  5-7 pm Sunset Paddle, TBE
                     12 noon-3 pm FREE Bunche Beach Birding Tram, meet at       Reservations required: 239-472-8900                          25% off: $30 for adults, $18.75 for children
                        EC flagpole                                          11 am-12 noon FREE 100th Anniversary Celebration                Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                        Limited number of reservations, call: 239-472-8900      Surprise, sponsored by Doc Ford’s, EC
                     12:30-1 pm FREE Deck Talk: Sea Turtles, TBE             12:30-1 pm FREE Deck Talk: Manatees, TBE
                     1-2:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                 1-4 pm FREE Bunche Beach Birding Tram, meet at EC            FRIDAY, OCT. 24 FREE to
                        25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children                flagpole                                                  7:30 am-6:30 pm Wildlife Drive is open
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                     Limited number of reservations, call: 239-472-8900           hikers/bikers, closed to vehicular traffic
                     5-7 pm Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE            1-2:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                      8:30-9:30 am Roosevelt Channel Coffee & Cruise,
                        25% off: $18.75 for adults, $11.25 for children         25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children
                        Reservations required: 239-472-8900                     Reservations required: 239-472-8900                                                  continued on inside back page
                                                                                                                             PRESIDENT’S REPORT

                                       Society                                                                           I
                                                                                                                                      by Susan Cassell, Society President

                                                                                                                           recently attended a meeting where the speaker dis-

                                                                                                                           cussed the role of partnerships in the National Wildlife
                                            News from Friends of                                                         Refuge System. He emphasized how vital partnerships
                                          the J.N.“Ding” Darling                                                         are in allowing refuges to
                                         National Wildlife Refuge                                                        offer services to the public.
      FALL 2008                                                                                                               Our “Ding” Darling
                                                                                                                         Wildlife Society is an excel-
                                                                                                                         lent example of public-pri-
                                                                                                                         vate partnership. Founded
                                       DONOR PROFILE                                                                     in 1982, we are one of the
                                                                                                                         first private, non-profit
    Gratitude to the Gardners                                                                                            friends groups to partner
                                                                                                                         with a public wildlife refuge. In the early years, DDWS
                                                                                                                         organized volunteers to help the Refuge staff deal with

W    hen Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Gardner’s husband,
     Wil, was diagnosed with a heart condition, the
family looked for a place to get away from the cold
                                                                                                                         the growing number of visitors to the Refuge. Today,
                                                                                                                         DDWS also raises money that funds educational and con-
                                                                                                                         servation programs at the Refuge. The Education Center,
and snow of New England.                                                                                                 intern program, and Bookstore Lecture Series are a few
   “We found Captiva, and it is the most beautiful                                                                       of the many areas where our partnership has benefited
place in the world,” said Beth. “It has this fabulous                                                                    the Refuge and the public.
refuge nearby, and Wil was immediately excited                                                                                And our partnerships have broadened. Each fall, the
about it.” That was back when the Education Center                                                                       Refuge and DDWS co-sponsor “Ding” Darling Days, a
was being built, and Board Member Gene Steele told          James, Beth, and Kerry Gardner with Gene                     week-long eco-festival that attracts thousands of visitors.
the Gardners about a live-feed camera that was on           Steele and one of the live feed monitors                     We could never offer this without the support – and
the Society’s wish list.                                                                                                 partnership – of a host of sponsors. This year, once
   “Unfortunately, Wil died before he could see the             It was a difficult year for the full-time professor of   again, businesses and individuals in Sanibel, Captiva,
Education Center or the camera come to fruition,”           biology at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. “I           and the surrounding area have made donations that
said Beth. The camera was mounted on the observa-           feel the Refuge has been a refuge for a storm-tossed         allow us to host speakers, exhibits, wildlife tours, a pho-
tion tower to transmit images to two screens in the         soul like me,” says Beth, who also donated an                tography contest, and all of the other events that make
Center. Dr. Gardner’s family – son James, daughter-         $11,000 Audubon print for last year’s 75th Federal           “Ding” Days so rewarding.
in-law Kerry, grandson Nathan (now 4), and mother           Duck Stamp fundraising auction.                                   Our partnerships are continuing to expand as people
Elizabeth Ballantine – continued to visit and share             When it came time to replace the original camera         come to the Refuge and DDWS with offers of support.
Wil’s love for “Ding” Darling.                              system, Beth was delighted to be a part of the project.      Organizations such as the Rainbow Girls of Florida are
   When Beth’s mother died, five months after Wil,          She looks forward to seeing the improved rig on the          encouraging their members to donate their time and tal-
she had indicated that memorials be sent to the             annual March visit her family – which now includes           ents to the Refuge. DDWS in turn has reached out to
Refuge. “She had been to the Refuge twice and just          year-old Lindsey – makes. “Everyone looks forward            other friends groups and to the National Wildlife Refuge
loved it as it reminded her of past Florida visits,” said   to those visits with great joy. It would leave a big hole    Association to support adequate federal funding for
Beth.                                                       in their lives if we didn’t come.”                           refuges.
                                                                                                                              Wildlife refuges don’t exist in isolation. They are sup-
Leave a Legacy:                                                                                                          ported by volunteers, business and individual donors,
                                                                                                                         and many others. We are all drawn together – into
Support “Ding” Darling in Your Will                                                                                      partnership – to preserve and enjoy the abundant
                                                                                                                         wildlife and irreplaceable habitat that are found in our

A   mericans are well-known for volunteering their
    time and other resources for the benefit of causes
in which they believe. As a result, all our lives are
                                                            profit friends group supporting J.N. “Ding” Darling
                                                            National Wildlife Refuge, is proud to have been men-
                                                            tioned in many of our departed benefactors’ Last Wills
                                                                                                                         nation’s wildlife refuges.

enriched. Many people also choose to extend their           and Testaments. It’s quite simple to do.
charitable interests in their long-range financial              You may name DDWS in your will as follows:
planning. The Last Will and Testament is one of the         “’Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society, a Florida not-
most popular vehicles for making long-range gifts.          for-profit corporation located on Sanibel
   A will is a legal document that protects your            Island, Florida.”
assets and helps minimize the chances of a contest              The IRS has granted DDWS tax exempt status and
over your estate. If you die without one, your estate       any gift to our organization is tax-deductible and
will be distributed according to a rigid legal formula      will help offset inheritance taxes your family or
and not as you may have wished.                             friends might otherwise be obligated to pay.
   “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS), the non-                                         continued on page 6
                                                                               New Camera Beams Bird “Feed”
FALL 2008 – PAGE 4

                        Welcome New Members
                     We are delighted to welcome the following new
                     members to our Society.
                                                                               into “Ding” Education Center
                     Life Members ($1,500)
                     Roger and Sylvia Heider (Libertyville, Illinois)
                     John and Kathy McCabe (Sanibel, Florida)
                                                                               V   isitors get a taste of what they can see on Wildlife
                                                                                   Drive from the Education Center at J.N. “Ding”
                                                                               Darling National Wildlife Refuge, thanks to a new
                                                                               state-of-the-art video camera mounted on the obser-
                     Contributing Members                                      vation tower. Made possible by a unique island part-
                     ($200-$499)                                               nership, it sends live feed of the popular birding spot
                     Ann Nowak                                                 to two screens inside the Center.
                     Richard and Jo-Ann Reece                                      Using a joystick, volunteers can manipulate the
                                                                               camera so that visitors get a 360-degree view with up
                     Supporting Members                                        to a 35X zoom of the impoundment, where roseate
                     ($100-$199)                                               spoonbills, egrets, herons, ibis, ducks, and, in fall,
                     Kim and Bob Boisvert                                      white pelicans come to feed and roost.
                     Ben and Shirley Glancy                                        Refuge staff, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society,
                     Amy Miller                                                ‘Tween Waters Inn technical staff, Refuge volunteers,
                     Mary Jane and Herb Walker                                 and longtime donor Dr. Elizabeth Gardner worked
                                                                               together to move the project to completion.
                     Donor Members ($50-$99)                                       “It all began several years ago with a donation
                     Patricia Appino                                           from the Gardner family in honor of Dr. Gardner’s
                     William Barron                                            husband, Wilfred Gardner,” said DDWS President
                     Carolyn C. Belt                                           Susan Cassell. “They earmarked the contribution
                     John and Judy Clark                                       specifically for the project.”
                     Terri Clark                                                   The first camera, an early model, later became
                     Pat Dalton                                                ineffectual due to weather and animal impact.                  DDWS Board Consultant Bill Rankin watches
                     Christine Glancy                                          Earlier this year, DDWS set out to upgrade the system.         birds from the Education Center via the
                     Michael Glancy                                            Board Consultant Bill Rankin and Emeritus Board                refuge’s new live-feed camera.
                     Evan Hirsche                                              Member Dick Hulit researched the project and —
                     Patricia Johannessen                                      with the help of technicians responsible for ‘Tween               “The new system is an amazing improvement
                     Don and Rosa Minehan                                      Waters’ Webcam and another significant donation                over the original and an important tool for further-
                     James Ogilvie                                             from Dr. Gardner — installed a new, weatherproof,              ing the Society’s mission in environmental educa-
                     John and Terry Thomas                                     and easier-to-operate system.                                  tion,” said Susan.

                     Friend Members ($20-$49)
                     Mary Boynton                                                                            BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
                     Gregg Christensan
                     Susan Eriksen                                              • The Nominating Committee of Jim Scott (chair), Jim Sprankle, Mike Mullins, and Chelle Walton is seeking nominees
                     Sarah M. Hopkins                                             to replace retiring members Jim Sprankle, Marilyn Kloosterman, Gene Steele, and Bill Currise.
                     Donald and Margaret Moore and Family                       • Staff biologists are working on restoring the water flow to Alligator Curve, which was damaged by Hurricane Charley
                     Jim Murphy                                                   in 2004.
                     Katherine Peters                                           • The Refuge will take over the management of 440 acres of the soon-to-be-dredged Blind Pass to maintain as a no-
                     Cyndy Lorry                                                  motor zone, by agreement with Lee County and the State of Florida.
                     William Pirone                                             • The Refuge has hired a new Law Enforcement Officer, Ryan Wagner. He is currently in training and will report to the
                     Matthew Rhodes                                               Refuge in the fall.
                                                                                • The Board approved a $1,497 Web site upgrade through Digital Revenue of Fort Myers that will allow people to pay
                                Business Members                                  membership fees and donations online. It will also allow easy posting of new Bookstore and news items. Monthly host-

                     P lease demonstrate your appreciation for our business
                       members with your patronage.
                     Bank Of The Islands
                                                                                  ing/control panel fee is $69.95.
                                                                                • Printing of a rack card for distribution through the Chamber of Commerce and other sources has been completed, with
                                                                                  a generous contribution from LCEC. It promotes the Refuge on one side and DDWS membership on the back.
                     Hokin Jacobs Ent. Inc.                                     • Membership numbers and dues are at an all-time high, reported Membership Chair Ann Wollschlager.
                     Kenoyer Real Estate Corp.                                  • Education Coordinator Toni Westland is adding a journaling program to her district school busing program, whereby local
                     Marty’s Tap                                                  students get an opportunity to visit the Refuge. The program is underwritten by the L.A.T. Foundation.
                                                                                • The Board voted to purchase 200 more Let’s Go Outside explorer packs filled with goodies to distribute at “Ding”
                                                      continued on next page      Darling Days, because the response at Earth Day was so favorable.
FALL 2008 – PAGE 5

                     STAFF NEWS                                                                                                                       continued from page 4

                                                                                                                                                      She Sells Sea Shells
                     Farewell to Kevin Godsea                                                                                                         SunTrust Bank
                     Lead Park Ranger for eight years, Kevin Godsea bid                                                                               Tarpon Bay Explorers, Inc.
                     “Ding” Darling adieu on Aug. 1. Staff and “Ding”                                                                                 Tween Waters Inn
                     Darling Wildlife Society honored him with a beach                                                                                West Wind Inn
                     party on the causeway on July 11. Kevin will be tak-
                     ing the post as Refuge Manager at Cape Romain                                                                                                 Become a Friend
                     National Wildlife Refuge, a coastal preserve in                                                                                                of the Refuge
                     Charleston, South Carolina. Congratulations and
                     best wishes to a great leader and well-respected
                     member of the community!
                                                                                       DDWS President Susan Cassell says her good-
                                                                                       byes to Kevin Godsea.                                          You can joinonJust click7Darlingvisiting Society using
                                                                                                                                                       the form page or by
                                                                                                                                                                     “Ding”            Wildlife

                                                                                                                                                                                on “Join Now.”

                     Changing of the Guard                                            during the past five years as an employee through
                     Upon the retirement of Fran Varga, who has worked                the Student Temporary Employment (STEP) pro-
                     as two-day relief manager of the “Ding” Darling                  gram. When she graduated this spring from Edison                         CONTRIBUTIONS
                                                            Bookstore for             College in business management, however, she was
                                                            many years,
                                                            Chris Glancy
                                                                                      no longer eligible for the program. The Refuge had
                                                                                      been working on announcing a long-vacant admin-
                                                                                                                                                      F  or their kind generosity, we thank the following, who
                                                                                                                                                         have made recent contributions to further the mission
                                                                                                                                                      of the Society in environmental education and Refuge
                                                            has come                  istration position, and when that position was
                                                                                                                                                      advocacy mission.
                                                            aboard to help            announced Traci applied and was selected, to every-
                                                            out not only in           one’s relief.
                                                                                                                                                      $10,000 to $25,000
                                                            the Bookstore
                                                                                                                                                      L.A.T. Foundation
                                                            two days a                Evasives Beware!
                     week, but also in the Society office one day a week.             In June, Mark Szydlo joined Bill Thomas as the new
                                                                                                                                                                     In Memory of…
                     She assists with membership processing, fundraising,             Region 4 Invasive Species
                     and the online bookstore.                                        Strike Team biologist,
                         Chris moved to the area from Indianapolis two
                     years ago and has worked as a Refuge volunteer
                                                                                      replacing Jason Hanley,
                                                                                      who moved to Hawaii last
                                                                                                                                                      Y    ou can make a gift in remembrance of loved ones and
                                                                                                                                                           friends by sending a check to the “Ding” Darling
                                                                                                                                                      Wildlife Society, One Wildlife Dr., Sanibel, FL 33957.
                     since January 2007. She retired from a position as               fall. The strike team works
                                                                                                                                                           Please include the name of the person in whose memo-
                     senior vice-president of United Way of Central                   to eradicate evasive species
                                                                                                                                                      ry the gift is made, your name and address and the name
                     Indiana before she made the move. She also operat-               throughout the region but
                                                                                                                                                      and address of the family you would like us to notify about
                     ed a consulting business up north dealing almost                 is based at “Ding”
                                                                                                                                                      the gift.
                     exclusively with fundraising for non-profits.                    Darling. Mark comes to us
                                                                                                                                                           “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society records all memorial gifts
                                                                                      from Fort Collins, Colorado, where he taught biology
                                                                                                                                                      in a book on permanent display in the Education Center. The
                     Traci Stays!                                                     in a community college.
                                                                                                                                                      Memorial Fund is designated for projects to enhance the
                     Refuge staff cheered
                                                                                                                                                      education program.
                     this summer when                                                 Two Rangers Awarded
                                                                                                                                                           Our gratitude extends to donors who have designated recent
                     Traci Hameetman                                                  During a visit in July to dedicate the new Tarpon Bay
                                                                                                                                                      gifts in memory of the following:
                     was hired as an                                                  concessions building and present Regional Director
                     administrative support                                           Awards, Sam Hamilton also honored Ranger Toni
                                                                                                                                                      William Dunford
                     assistant. Traci has                                             Westland for 10 years of federal service and Law
                                                                                                                                                      Ruth M. Gerecke
                     been indispensable                                               Enforcement Officer Jim Mathisen for 20 years.
                                                                                                                                                      Mark Holmen
                                                                                                                                                      Marguerite Mecholsky
                                                                                                                                                      Robert Oden
                                                                                                                                                      Linda Perna
                          Refuge Gets Weather Station                                                                                                 Douglas Snow
                                                                                                                                                      Taylor Tyler
                      F   unded through the Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wildland Urban Interface program, a new
                          fire weather station at the old Island Water Association site, now Refuge property, is
                      being used as a proactive approach to prevent wildfires.
                                                                                                                                                      Ted von Rosenvinge

                                                                                                                                                                        In Honor Of...
                           Ordinary citizens can access its daily information output via link on the Refuge’s Web
                      site, www.fws/gov/dingdarling. The station monitors all the variables that are important
                      for fire: wind speed and direction, humidity, temperature, precipitation, and other
                      factors. The National Weather Service also monitors it as an official weather station.
                           Time readings on the link’s main page use Greenwich Median Time (GMT), but if you           No, it’s not an alien probe!
                                                                                                                                                      G   ifts in honor of the following friends of the
                                                                                                                                                          Refuge have been donated recently:

                      click on the local time on the left, it will translate to our Eastern Daylight Time or Eastern   It’s the Refuge’s new          Bob Byers
                      Standard Time, whichever is applicable.                                                          weather station.
                                   THE BOOK REPORT
FALL 2008 – PAGE 6

                     Did You Know…                                                with a sturdy bottom
                     • Consumers use between 500 billion and a trillion           reinforcement that
                       plastic bags worldwide each year?                          folds into the bag
                     • Plastic bags account for more than 10 percent of           when not in use. At
                       the debris washed up on our shoreline – often              $2.99, you can buy                                         Duck Stamp team Lise Bryant, Chelle
                       entangling or choking wildlife?                            several at the                                             Walton, Kevin Godsea, and Toni Westland
                     • Less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled?          Bookstore (which uses
                     • It costs more to recycle a bag than to produce a           paper bags) and help
                       new one?                                                   rid the world of the
                                                                                  petro-polymer toxins
                     Show Your Green                                              with which the plastic
                     Fight back with “Ding” Darlings new, lightweight,            bags contaminate the earth.
                     capacious, and totally green shopping bag. It comes
                                                                                  Use Your Outside Shirt
                                                                                  To match the Refuge’s new initiative to reconnect
                                                                                  families with nature and fight nature-deficit disorder,     Jim Sprankle with Sam Hamilton
                                                                                  the Bookstore unveils its cute and clever Let’s Go         and Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik.
                                                                                  Outside kids’ T-shirt design. Cost is $14.95.

                                                                                                                                             UHamilton made a special trip to Sanibel on July 8
                                                                                     Can’t make it to the Bookstore? Call 239-472-
                                                                                  1100 ext. 241 to order your summer buys. You can           Fiv e Receiv e RD Aw ards
                                                                                  find more Refuge souvenirs and nature books online            .S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Sam
                                                                                  at Proceeds from
                                                                                  Bookstore sales support “Ding” Darling education           to present awards to five “Ding” Darling staff members
                                                                                  and biology programs.                                      and volunteers who were unable to attend the annual
                                                                                                                                             award ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 12, 2008.
                                                                                                                                                 At the awards presentation, held at the new

                     Legacy                                                       in full from the value of your estate in the calcula-
                                                                                  tion of estate taxes.
                                                                                                                                             Tarpon Bay Explorers concessions building,
                                                                                                                                             Hamilton joked that it was a good excuse to come to
                                                                                      Bequests can take a variety of forms and the fol-      Sanibel Island and one of his favorite refuges.
                     continued from page 3                                        lowing are a few examples:                                     Jim Sprankle, who presided over the “Ding”
                         If there is a specific area of DDWS you would like to        Specific Bequest — The most popular type of            Darling Wildlife Society for five years, received an
                     support, it is important to us that we meet in person or     charitable bequest, a specific bequest provides that       award for volunteer service. The award honored his
                     over the phone to establish a “gift agreement” that clar-    DDWS receives a specific dollar amount, percentage         many achievements as president.
                     ifies your intentions, so that when your gift is realized,   of your estate, or piece of property.                          Receiving the Honor Award for Teams were Lise
                     DDWS will also know how you would like it to be used.            Residuary Bequest — A residuary bequest pro-           Bryant, Kevin Godsea, Chelle Koster Walton, and Toni
                         DDWS’ Legacy Society recognizes those friends            vides that DDWS receives all or a stated portion of        Westland for their work organizing the 2007 Federal
                     who have chosen to honor the Refuge with a                   your estate after all other bequests, debts, taxes, and    Duck Stamp Judging on Sanibel last October.
                     planned or deferred gift. By creating a personal lega-       expenses have been distributed.
                     cy, you also create a lasting legacy for DDWS. Your              Contingent Bequest — A contingent bequest can            Sprankle Appointed to NWRA Board
                     gift through your will, large or small, is critical to       ensure that if circumstances make it impossible to carry
                     the Refuge’s future survival. We would like to recog-
                     nize you as a member the Legacy Society, unless you
                     prefer anonymity. To become a member of our
                                                                                  out your primary provisions (as when your spouse or
                                                                                  other heirs do not survive you), your assets will then
                                                                                  pass to DDWS rather than to unintended beneficiaries.
                                                                                                                                               J im Sprankle, former president and current member
                                                                                                                                                 of DDWS, was recently elected to the 15-member
                                                                                                                                               board of directors of the National Wildlife Refuge
                     Legacy Society and receive special invitations to                Trust Under Will — You can bequeath a portion            Association (NWRA), the unifying organization for fed-
                     events and special recognition in our newsletters,           of your estate to be held in trust for a specified pur-      eral refuge friends groups across the nation.
                     please contact the Society at 239-472-1100 ext. 233          pose, as stated in your will.                                    “NWRA does crucial work to support the National
                     or                                  Qualified Terminable Interest Trust - This is            Wildlife Refuge System and the environment through
                                                                                  used when you wish to make a gift and at the same            congressional advocacy and the support of friends
                     Charitable Bequests                                          time provide for your spouse. The trust is set up in         groups,” said Sprankle. “I’m proud to be able to
                     A carefully prepared will or estate plan is the best         your will. Upon your death, the income goes to your          serve the conservation cause in this way.”
                     way to ensure that your loved ones are provided for          spouse for life; after your spouse’s death, the remain-          Sprankle will serve a three-year term, which entails
                     after your death, and that your preferred charities          der belongs to DDWS. The arrangement allows the              two national meetings each year at different refuges.
                     are supported as you intend.                                 property to be completely free of estate taxes.                  “By working closely with other refuge friends
                         Just as charitable deductions during your lifetime           DDWS recommends that you consult with estate             across the nation on common issues and concerns,
                     can produce sizable savings in income taxes, dona-           planning, legal, and accounting professionals to             the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society will benefit from
                     tions made at the time of your death can materially          determine the proper gift vehicle that best fits your        their experience and be able to share ours,” said
                     reduce estate taxes. Charitable bequests are deducted        tax and financial interests.                                 Sprankle. “It’s a win-win situation.”
            EVENTS AT A GLANCE
FALL 2008

                                                                                           11 am-12:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                 1:30-3:30 pm Guided Kayak Tour, TBE
                                                                                              25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children                     25% off: $22.50 for adults, $15 for children
            continued from page 2                                                             Reservations required: 239-472-8900                          Reservations required: 239-472-8900
                                                                                           12:30-1 pm FREE Deck Talk: Calusa Indians, TBE               5-7 pm Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE
               McCarthy’s Marina                                                           1-2:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                         25% off: $18.75 for adults, $11.25 for children
               20% off: $25 adults, $15 children                                              25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children                     Reservations required: 239-472-8900
               Reservations required: 239-472-5300                                            Reservations required: 239-472-8900
            8:30-10:30 am Guided Kayak Tour, TBE                                           4-5:30 pm Special Friday Refuge Tram Tour (Wildlife Drive
               25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                                           is closed to all other vehicular traffic that day)        SUNDAY, OCT. 26pm
               Reservations required: 239-472-8900                                            $13 for adults, $8 for children                           Family Fun Day 11 am- 4
            10-11:30 am FREE Refuge Bike Tour, meet at EC flagpole                            Reservations required: 239-472-8900                       All events at “Ding” Darling Education Center
            10-11:30 am Special Friday Refuge Tram Tour (Wildlife                          5-7 pm Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                 11 am FREE Explorer Packs for the first 200 kids
               Drive is closed to all other vehicular traffic that day)                       25% off: $18.75 for adults, $11.25 for children           11:30 am Fabulous Florida Reptile Show by the Calusa
               $13 for adults, $8 for children                                                Reservations required: 239-472-8900                           Herpetological Society, sponsored by the Sanibel-
               Reservations required: 239-472-8900                                         5-7 pm Sunset Paddle, TBE                                        Captiva Rotary Club, EC parking lot
            10:30 am-12:30 pm Guided Kayak Tour, TBE                                          25% off: $30 for adults, $18.75 for children              12:30 pm 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp Artist
               25% off: $22.50 adults, $15 children                                           Reservations required: 239-472-8900                           Joe Hautman, EC auditorium
               Reservations required: 239-472-8900                                         5-7:15 pm Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge Sunset        1 pm Conservation Cartoon Contest Presentation, EC
            10:30-11 am FREE “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Nature                           Cruise, McCarthy’s Marina                                     auditorium
               Photo Contest Awards, contest sponsored by West Wind                           25% off: $40 adults, $20 children                         1:30 pm Shell Puppet Show presented by the Bailey-
               Inn, EC                                                                        Reservations required: 239-472-5300                           Matthews Shell Museum Theater Troupe
            11 am-12 noon FREE Black and Brown Faces in Wild                                                                                            2 pm Live Bald Eagle Presentation by Audubon Eagle
               Places presentation & book-signing with Wildlife                                                                                             Watch, sponsored by Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company,
               Photographer Dudley Edmondson, sponsored by Mike                            SATURDAY, OCT. 25 at EC                                          EC parking lot
               & Terry Baldwin, EC                                                         9:30-11 am Refuge Birding Tour Caravan, meet                 3 pm Exotic Reptiles: Keep Them Out of the Wild by the
            11 am-12:30 pm Special Friday Refuge Tram Tour                                    flagpole                                                      Calusa Herpetological Society, sponsored by Sandalfoot
               (Wildlife Drive is closed to all other vehicular traffic that                  Fee: $5 Refuge admission                                      Condominium, EC parking lot
               day)                                                                        1-2:30 pm Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE                      Continuous throughout the day
               $13 for adults, $8 for children                                                25% off: $15 for adults, $9 for children                  FREE shuttle service from old IWA parking lot, courtesy of
               Reservations required: 239-472-8900                                            Reservations required: 239-472-8900                           DDWS
                                                                                                                                                        FREE Butterfly House, sponsored by Sanibel Captiva
                                                                                                                                                            Community Bank
                                         MEMBERSHIP / DONATION FORM                                                                                     FREE hands-on crafts, sponsored by Bailey’s General Store,
                                                    “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, Inc.                                                                   Jensen’s Twin Palms, Lily & Co., Sanibel-Captiva
                                    One Wildlife Drive • P.O. Box 565 • Sanibel, FL 33957                                                                   Kiwanis Club, and The Werner Family
             NAME: _____________________________________________________________________                                                                FREE Mote Marine aquarium and touch tank, sponsored by
                        (Please Print)                                                                                                                      Sanibel Island Fishing Club and Dan Hahn Custom Builders
             PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________                                                              FREE naturalist-narrated tram tours through the Refuge,
                                                                        (Number and Street)                                                                 courtesy of Tarpon Bay Explorers
             ___________________________________________________________________________                                                                FREE hot dogs and soda sponsored by Jerry’s Foods of
             (City)                                                                      (State)                                          (Zip)
                                                                                                                                                        FREE environmental displays and informational booths

                                                                                                                                                            DDWS to Award $5,000 in School
             SECONDARY MAILING ADDRESS: ________________________________________________
                                                                        (Number and Street)

                                                                                                                                                             Conservation Education Grants
             (City)                                                                      (State)                                          (Zip)

             DATES AT SECONDARY ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________
             EMAIL: ______________________________________________________________________                                                              The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society has announced its sec-
                                                                                                                                                        ond annual donation of five $1,000 grants to Lee County
             PLEASE CIRCLE YOUR CATEGORY                                                                                                                Schools for conservation education related projects.
             Friend $20-$49                                     Donor $50-$99                                               Supporting $100-$199            Schools may use the grant money to purchase teach-
             Contributing $200-$499                             Sponsor $500-$1,499                                         Life $1,500                 ing aids, books, and classroom materials; fund new class-
             Membership                                          Donation                                        TOTAL                                  room science projects; take field trips; or conduct work
             Amount     _________                                Amount _________                                AMOUNT _______                         projects in the community.
                                  I wish to pay by credit card: Visa Mastercard                                                                             All Lee County Schools are invited to submit environmen-
             Account Number______________________________________________ Exp Date________________                                                      tal education- or science-related unit proposals by Oct. 15,
                                                                                                                                                        2008. The five approved proposals will be awarded in
             Signature_____________________________________________________________________________                                                     December 2008 for projects to be completed by May 2009.
                                                                                                                                                            For further information, contact Gary Ogden, “Ding”
                          To join “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society or renew membership online, go to and click on Join Now.
                                                                                                                                                        Darling Society at 472-1100 ext. 233 or Marilyn
                                                                                                                                                        Kloosterman at
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                           One Wildlife Drive
                             P.O. Box 565
                           Sanibel, FL 33957
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                    Phone: (239) 472-1100, ext. 233
                         Fax: (239) 472-7803

                     2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                         President Susan Cassell
                        Vice President Jim Scott
                         Secretary Terry Baldwin
                         Treasurer Craig Albert
                 Assistant Secretary Marilyn Kloosterman
                     Assistant Treasurer Chip Lesch

                             Members At Large
                  Bill Currise John McCabe Mike Mullins
                    Bruce Neill Jim Scott Jim Sprankle
                 Gene Steele Birgie Vertesch Dan Wexler
                              Ann Wollschlager

                                                                   NEW TARPON BAY FACILITY
                             SOCIETY STAFF
                      Office Manager Gary Ogden
                     Bookstore Manager Lise Bryant
                         Bookstore Assistants
                       Rudy Lampron, Chris Glancy

                       ADVISOR TO THE BOARD
                      Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik

                           EMERITUS BOARD
                    Dick Hulit Art Krival Molly Krival
                       Jeanne Rankin Bud Ryckman
                            Mary Ruth Stegman

                    CONSULTANTS TO THE BOARD
                      Dave Boshart Milena Eskew
                         Christopher “Kip” Koss
                        Molly Krival Bill Rankin

                           NEWSLETTER TEAM
                        Editor Chelle Koster Walton
                       Photography Terry Baldwin,
                   Nancy Hamilton, Chelle Koster Walton,
                   Design and Production Susan Holly,
                             Lynne Egensteiner
                 Printing and Mailing Gulf Coast Printing

                                                            U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Sam Hamilton and Deputy
                                                            Director Cindy Dohner (right) were on hand to cut the ribbon at Tarpon Bay’s
                                                            new $1.6 million concessions building. Tarpon Bay Explorer partners (left to
                                                            right) Barbara Spurgeon, Wendy Erler, and Winston Spurgeon hosted the cere-
                                                            mony, emceed by Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik, center.

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