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The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge was created to safeguard and enhance the pristine wildlife habitat of Sanibel Island, FL, to provide feeding, nesting, and roosting areas for migratory birds, and to protect endangered and threatened species. Today, the refuge provides important habitat to over 250 species of birds.

“Ding’ Darling is one of more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour's drive of most major metropolitan areas, all managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More than a hundred years in the making, the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) is a network of habitats that benefits wildlife, provides unparalleled outdoor experiences for all Americans, and protects a healthy environment.

In fact, the sun never sets on our 150-million- acre federal Refuge System; there are refuges as distant as the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific, above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, in the northeast corner of Maine, all the way down to the Virgin Islands and everywhere in between!

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J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR Hours

CURRENT HOURS

WILDLIFE DRIVE

January / 7:00-5:30
February / 7:00-5:30
March / 7:00-6:00
(7:30 - 7:00 at DST)
April / 7:00-7:00
May / 7:00-7:30
June / 7:00-8:00
July / 7:00-8:00
August / 7:00-7:30
September / 7:00-7:00
October / 7:30-6:30
November / 7:30-6:30
(7:00 - 5:30 at ST)
December / 7:00-5:30

EDUCATION CENTER
May 1 - December 31
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 1 - April 30
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

HOLIDAYS ED CENTER OPEN
MLK Jr''s B''Day
President''s Day

ED CENTER CLOSED
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Columbus Day

Wildlife Drive is OPEN
every day except Fridays
regardless of Holidays

Please call (239) 472-1100 ext 233 for more information, or check out our site at dingdarlingnwr.com

Download a PDF map of the refuge.

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