The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) has announced a fundraising campaign. They want to raise $9.5 million to purchase 68 acres of Sanibel property adjacent to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
From private donors, DDWS has to date raised $2 million toward the minimum $3 million it will need to raise in order to receive support from other funding sources.
The conservation and planned restoration of the property, known as Wulfert Bayous, will protect a four-acre lake, 16 acres of existing mangroves, hardwood uplands, and 22 active gopher tortoise burrows.
Wulfert Bayous contains 15 acres of wetlands that can be restored and enhanced to create a wading bird colony. Improvements would also include limited, passive public access for wildlife viewing.