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The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series kicks off its biweekly showings this winter with a schedule of seven films that explores natural facets from bluebirds and bees to man’s interference with water supplies and the Florida Everglades.
First up on Jan. 8, Bluebird Man focuses on the efforts of 91-year-old Alfred Larson, who has been monitoring and maintaining more than 300 nest boxes for bluebirds in Idaho for 35 years to stem the bird’s decline. One of the season’s highlights, The Swamp, on March 18, chronicles repeated efforts to transform the Florida Everglades into an agricultural and urban kingdom, ultimately leading to a passionate campaign to preserve America’s greatest wetland.
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free film showings in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center with sponsorship from Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.
Below are the season’s scheduled films. All films begin at 1 p.m. A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched. For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.
Jan. 8: Bluebird Man
Jan. 22: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Feb. 5: Water & Power: A California Heist
Feb. 19: BLUE
March 4: Ghost Bird
March 18: The Swamp
April 1: Bird of Prey