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One day after the death of President Theodore Roosevelt on Jan. 6, 1919, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling published this cartoon, titled “The long, long trail,” in memory of a man he greatly admired for his conservation ethic. Darling, himself, often preached conservation in his political cartoons, which appeared on the front page of the Des Moines Register and were syndicated in hundreds of newspapers across the county. His 50 years of cartoon work won him two Pulitzer Prizes and a position as the head of the U.S. Biological Survey, which later became the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. In full circle, that agency today oversees the Sanibel Island refuge that bears Darling’s name.