ABOUT THE SOCIETY
News from Friends of
the J.N.“Ding” Darling
National Wildlife Refuge
“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 www.dingdarlingdays.com.
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
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
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
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
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
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
aboard to help announced Traci applied and was selected, to every-
out not only in one’s relief.
$10,000 to $25,000
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”
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
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
assistant. Traci has Westland for 10 years of federal service and Law
Ruth M. Gerecke
been indispensable Enforcement Officer Jim Mathisen for 20 years.
Refuge Gets Weather Station Douglas Snow
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
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 www.dingdarlingsociety.org. 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 email@example.com. 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
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
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 www.dingdarlingsociety.org and click on Join Now.
Darling Society at 472-1100 ext. 233 or Marilyn
Kloosterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Wildlife Drive
P.O. Box 565
Sanibel, FL 33957
Forwarding Service Requested
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
NEW TARPON BAY FACILITY
Office Manager Gary Ogden
Bookstore Manager Lise Bryant
Rudy Lampron, Chris Glancy
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD
Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik
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
Editor Chelle Koster Walton
Photography Terry Baldwin,
Nancy Hamilton, Chelle Koster Walton,
Design and Production Susan Holly,
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.