Refuge Honoring Endangered Species Day with Virtual Activities

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The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge honors Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a week’s worth of virtual activities broadcast through the refuge’s official Facebook page starting Monday, May 11.

In keeping with the weekly #DingatHome series of learning exercises for those staying safer at home, Endangered Species Week introduces a daily themed activity based on one of Florida’s endangered species. Each day’s activity posts at 10 a.m. through Friday, May 15. See the schedule of activities below.

May 11 – Movement Monday: Florida Panther. Learn to run, stretch, and leap like this lithe creature.
May 12 – Tale Tuesday: Key Deer: Why is this diminutive creature found nowhere else in the world?
May 13 – Wildlife Wednesday: Smalltooth Sawfish. Learn: Is it a fish or a shark?
May 14 – Trail Thursday: Sea Turtles. Track sea turtle nests on Sanibel beaches along with education staff on a virtual scavenger hunt.
May 15 – Fun-Time Friday: Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly: Create endangered species art from this crafty DIY video.

The week’s videos will be linked on the #DingatHome web page, to access that day and beyond. Watch the broadcasts for news of specials and discounts on the Refuge Nature Store’s e-commerce site,

“We are excited to turn our viewers and friends onto the plight of our endangered animals in this fun, new way,” said “Ding” Conservation Educator Sara Soderholm. “Thanks to my interns and ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS) for making this happen.”

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