Tuesday, February 8, 2011

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Sanctuary

Off we went on a Friday morning for a visit to Sanibel Island and a chance to tour the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Sanctuary. We had toured it many, many years ago and were looking forward to this second visit and the sanctuary’s wildlife drive.

Not! When we arrived we discovered that the wildlife drive is closed on Fridays. Very disappointed we decided to take the Indigo trail, hoping to see some wildlife. The weather was not the best, windy, cloudy and chilly, with fog significantly reducing visibility. We should have stayed hunkered down inside because it looked like the wildlife had the same idea.

I think we might have seen three birds. The trail is over two miles long and about halfway through we decided to turn around as the weather did not look good and there was absolutely no shelter on the trail. We made the right decision. About 20 minutes later the skies opened up.

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