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Why the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Is a Vacation Must Visit

Added: Dec 13, 2021
Category: Island Info

If you're planning a vacation to Sanibel Island, you must add exploring the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to your itinerary!


Located on the beautiful Island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico, this refuge includes 2,800 acres of protected Federal Wilderness land and a total of 6,400 acres of mangrove forest, seagrass beds, marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks. This national wildlife refuge is fun for the whole family, from bird watching to sea life cruises!


Why You Need to Explore the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge


It is Famous for its Migratory Bird Populations


If you love bird watching, you cannot miss the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge! This reserve is home to over a whopping 245 species of birds, including the Big 5 (American White Pelican, Mangrove Cuckoo, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, and the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron). You can also count on seeing various types of wading birds, seabirds, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, marsh birds and of course our favorite- the Kingfisher! This spot is, without a doubt, a bird-lovers paradise.


You Can See Endangered Species


At the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll see quite a few endangered species as you explore. While these animals live under the constant threat of pollution, commercial fishing, and a loss of habitat, they have a safe place to call home at the refuge. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 also helps protect the ecosystems they need to survive. A few of our favorites are the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, the Smalltooth Sawfish, the West Indian Manatee, and the Wood Stork. To take a look at the complete list of endangered species you'll find at the refuge, click here.


There Are a Wide Variety of Habitats to Explore


Aside from all the vibrant wildlife, you’ll see there are also many habitats to discover. Since there are so many different types of animals living at the refuge, the staff constantly works to provide and maintain diverse environments to suit all their needs. These include freshwater marshes, mangrove forests and swamps, tidal flats, mudflats, tropical hardwood hammock trees, seagrass beds, and plenty of open water. There is no better place to get out and enjoy nature. The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to sightsee, adventure, and hike; plan your visit now!


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Book Your Trip to Sanibel and Captiva Islands with Kingfisher Vacation Rentals


Our experts at Kingfisher Vacations are here to assist you in finding the ideal home for your visit to Captiva Island. We have over 70 years of experience on the Island and can offer you the absolute best service given our vast knowledge of Captiva's many offerings, including the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Our gorgeous private properties have heated pools, hot tubs, stunning ocean views, delightfully bright décor, and boat docks. We provide you with everything you could ever want for your Captiva beach vacation.


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