FLORIDA – DING DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Photo Experience: I drove the one-way road through the refuge once in late afternoon and then again the next morning. Birds seemed to be significantly more active in the morning. Additionally, because of the more or less east-west orientation of much of the road, the light was easier to work with in the morning. Among notable sightings on the morning visit were more white pelicans than I think I’ve ever seen in any one place.
Other Info: This refuge is located on Sanibel Island off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida. After coming off the causeway ($6.00 fee) from the mainland, turn right onto Periwinkle Way. Then turn right on Sanibel-Captiva Road. The entrance to the refuge (and the Wildlife Drive) will be on the right. The Wildlife Drive opens at 7:00 or 7:30 AM, depending on the month. It is closed on Fridays. See www.fws.gov/dingdarling. Restrooms and water are available at the Visitor Center (at the beginning of the Wildlife Drive), but it does not open until 9:00 AM. Entrance fee: $5.00/vehicle. (Federal Interagency Pass is accepted.)