View our Live Cam
Want to see what's happening at the Refuge when you're not here? Check out our live video camera to see what wildlife is out and about.
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Stay connected when you are away from the Refuge! Follow us on Facebook to stay in-the-know about what's going on at the Refuge.
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Recent Wildlife Sightings
Check out what has been spotted on the Refuge. Our list is updated weekly so you know what to keep an eye out for when you visit.
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Ethical Wildlife Viewing
Remember while visiting your refuge to view and photograph wildlife in a safe and ethical way.
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FREE Discover Ding App
Download the App and play the trivia game along Wildlife Drive. Share photos, field tips, and score high points.
Learn more about the Discover Ding App.
Wildlife Drive is open every day EXCEPT FRIDAYS regardless of holidays and admission is $5 per vehicle, $1 per pedestrian or bicycle. The "Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center is FREE. Hours of operation vary. Click the link for details.See Refuge hours and admission
About the Complex
The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex encompasses four other National Wildlife Refuges.
J.N. Ding Darling is managed as part of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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The best time to visit the Refuge is during LOW TIDE. Wildlife viewing is optimal during this time because wildlife is typically found closer to Wildlife Drive when the water is low. Birds forage on the exposed mudflats and shallow water. How to make the most of your visit
The "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society (Society)- Friends of the Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports nature conservation, wildlife protection, and education efforts at the refuge. Support the Society today! Learn more about the Society
Nestled on Refuge lands adjacent to Tarpon Bay Recreation Area, Tarpon Bay Explorers offers a variety of nature tours and rentals to help you make the most of your "Ding" Darling NWR experience. As our official Refuge concessionaire, Tarpon Bay Explorers offers the best view of the Refuge from the water.Learn more about Tarpon Bay Explorers
"Ding" Darling is known as one of the best places to visit for birding. Watch our video, "America's Birding Hotspot" to see the beautiful imagery that awaits you at the Refuge.Watch "America's Birding Hotspot" Video
Sign up for our camp happening here at the refuge this summer!
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 18, 2015