‘Ding’ Shows Optimism for Wildlife Through Protection

Although Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling’s editorial cartoons often dealt with the dire consequences of overhunting and poor resource management, this untitled one ends on an optimistic note. Besides his 50-year career as a Pulitzer-winning newspaper cartoonist, he served as the chief of the U.S. Biological Survey, a forerunner of today’s U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. While in that position and throughout his life, he instituted many programs to protect wildlife, including the Federal Duck Stamp Program. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge this year unveiled a 3D mural to honor Darling’s role in creating the duck stamp program as part of a 75th anniversary celebration at the refuge.

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