We thank the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Newsletter for the following information and the above photo, reminding us of the upcoming “Upcycle! Art Fest”! Be sure and mark your calendars for this wonderful event!
Starting in October through the end of 2014, the Refuge Nature Store will be showcasing the work of artists who participate in our annual Upcycle! Art Fest. Their work, which makes use of re-imagined materials, will be for sale during the three months. Next month, the store will feature the nature-inspired work of Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild members starting October 6. Repurposed art will include Angela Aradia’s pottery from re-claimed clay, Lorraine Capps’ glass pieces using some recycled material, and Toni Ory’s mixed media collages made from recycled paper scraps and found objects.
You can’t miss it! From May through September, the canopy of the yellow poinciana tree or Peltophorum pterocarpum is smothered with a yellow blanket of flowers that exudes a delicious, grape-like perfume. The tree can grow 50 feet tall with a spread between 35 and 50 feet. It’s a botanical spectacle within our Grove. Stand under it and look up to see the show!
Take a selfie with a mangrove tree. Name three birds you spot from the Wildlife Education Boardwalk. Download the new free Discover Ding game app. Get a Refuge Ranger’s autograph. These are just four of the fun activities that could help earn you one of 25 prizes during our Silver Scavenger Hunt, part of “Ding” Darling Days, October 19-25, 2014.
Complete 25 of the 40 activities to become eligible for prize drawings; you need not be present to win. Pick up your scavenger hunt sheet at the Welcome Table near the ramp on Family Fun Day, Sunday, October 19, or at the Reception Desk in the Visitor & Education Center the rest of the week. Turn in your completed sheet at the Reception Desk Sunday through Saturday.
“Ding” Darling Days and so many other activities at the Refuge would not be possible without the support of sponsors. Please visit our sponsors for “Ding” Days and thank them for supporting the Refuge. To see a sponsor list, click HERE
Bike, hike, or tram the refuge on Friday, Oct. 24, and have Wildlife Drive virtually all to yourself.
Refuge to offer 3 Wildlife Drive free-access days during ‘Ding’ Days’
To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island has opened admission to the newly improved Wildlife Drive for free to all traffic for two days during October’s “Ding” Darling Days, and to only biking and hiking traffic on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (The drive usually closes to all traffic on Fridays.)
On Sunday, Oct. 19, the drive is open for free to all during “Ding” Days’ kick-off Family Fun Day. In addition, Tarpon Bay Explorers (TBE), the refuge’s recreation concession, is offering free narrated 60-minute tram tours of the drive on a first-come basis to those who sign up that day.
If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring Wildlife Drive without the usual people and traffic that its birds and other sights attract, mark Friday’s Trails Day on your calendar.
Besides hikers and bikers, special discounted tram tours are allowed in that day.
Pedestrians and cyclists are admitted free of charge. Tram passengers receive a 25 percent discount that day and all week long, Oct. 19-25: $9.75 for adults, $6 for children for the 90-minute narrated tour. Reservations are recommended at 239-472-8900.
Admission to Wildlife Drive is free for vehicular as well as bike and foot traffic the following day, Saturday, Oct. 25 – Conservation Art Day. Arrive early to sign up for the free two-hour Photography Tram Tour that departs at 3 p.m.
Wildlife Drive is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during “Ding” Darling Days. Friday, it is closed to all private motorized traffic.
For Tarpon Bay Tram Tour schedules throughout the week, please call 239-472-8900 or visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com. For a full “Ding” Darling Days schedule, visit www.dingdarlingdays.com, or call 239-472-1100.
Scaling the treetops at Ocean’s Reach gets a thumbs up this week!
Twice a year, trimmers cut and prune our coconut palm and seagrape trees making for a clearer, “sea-through” view of the gulf from the condo lanais.
The semi-annual tree maintenance helps to ensure that our palms will reach their full lifespan potential and remain in tip-top condition for our guests!
Let the fun and shells begin! At 6 a.m. this family started their day out on the beach collecting the best of Sanibel’s seashells. And what a bounty they found!
Under the canopy of cool and shade, they gathered afterwards at our Shelling Center to clean, dry and shine up their favorites to take home with them.
Our two grandmothers along with their grandchildren chose Ocean’s Reach for a week of sun, surf and shells. They love being on a beach vacation together and agree that shelling is more fun when it is shared!
Over 26 miles of scenic bicycle pathways transverse our 12 mile long barrier island offering our guests the healthiest and most enjoyable routes around our community. Ride, walk or run on asphalt-paved, flat, wide paths that will safely transport you to each and every island landmark, beach, market and bistro. It’s the best ride on Sanibel!
Sanibel is so serious about cycling and its system of trails, that maintenance and upgrades are conducted every September. A silky smooth ride on a fresh blacktop surface will keep your groceries from falling out of your basket and your kids in tow relaxed and at rest.
Bring your own bicycles, rent on-site or reserve ahead of your arrival by emailing Guest Services. Ocean’s Reach is a one-stop shop for your smooth ride!
SAVE THE DATE!
CROW’s Taste of the Islands
Sunday, November 9, 2014
at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Great food, Great Music, Great Friends
Crow Rehabilitation is asking for our help! Volunteer for the Taste of the Islands and help CROW make this our best event yet! For more information, please call, (239)-472-3644 ext. 221
Volunteer at the Taste by downloading the Taste Volunteer Registration Form today!