Make plans now to attend the seventh annual fundraiser for the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the Sanibel Community House. This year’s Go Wild for “Ding” – Call of the Osprey theme continues a series of bird-centric events to benefit the birds, other wildlife, land acquisition, and conservation and education efforts at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

“Osprey calls are a distinct audio feature at ‘Ding’ Darling,” said Birgie Miller, DDWS executive director. “They take on different characteristics when the birds of prey are acting territorial or merely communicating with a mate, which they are known to typically stick with for life. We pay homage to this majestic and fascinating refuge icon at this year’s event.”

“Seating is limited, and we once again anticipate a sold-out crowd,” said event committee member and DDWS president Mike Baldwin. “We encourage people to reserve early.”

Attendance to the Feb. 13 event is by reservation only. Tickets to the Go Wild at “Ding” party are $150 each. To receive an invitation, call 239-472-1100 ext. 239 or email Or visit to register online. For more information, visit

Event sponsorships are available; for more information, contact Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or

The following sponsors have committed their support to 2019’s Go Wild for “Ding:” Call of The Wild Level: Boomer Duvin & Family, Jim & Patty Sprankle; Champion Level: Mark & Gretchen Banks, Wayne & Linda Boyd, John & Kathy McCabe, Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s, Bill & Diane Valerian; Guardian Level: Sarah Ashton (Broker Associate RE/MAX of the Islands); Protector Level: Mike & Terry Baldwin, Geoffrey & Karen Moss, Hank & Linda Spire, Queenie’s Ice Cream; Defender Level: 50% Off Framing, Cast About Charters, Jerry Edelman & Maryanne Daly, Greenwood Consulting Group, Phyllis Gresham, Mitchell’s SandCastles, Sanibel Moorings, John & Kay Morse, Stewart& Sons Insurance Inc.