J.N. "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge
|1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-472-1100
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|One of our most visible attractions at the J.N. "Ding " Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the Roseate Spoonbill.|
Continued . . . The refuge includes over 6,300 acres of habitat, with 2,825 acres designated as Wilderness, and 950 acres of submerged habitat in the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area. The refuge informs and educates over 800,000 visitors annually in its 12,000 square foot Environmental Education Center and four-mile long Wildlife Drive. The refuge is home to 238 bird species, 51 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 32 species of mammals native to southwest Florida.
The refuge consists of the following habitat types: estuarine habitat consisting of open water, seagrass beds, mud flats and mangrove islands; and interior freshwater habitats consisting of open water ponds, cordgrass marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks. Two brackish water impoundments totaling 850 acres managed for wading birds, fisheries and estuarine health.
Several federally threatened and endangered species benefit from the habitats described, including the eastern indigo snake, American alligator, American crocodile, bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, West Indian manatee and Atlantic loggerhead turtle. Some interesting state listed species of concern to the refuge are gopher tortoise, snowy plover, and the Sanibel rice rat.
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