Only Two Ding Lectures To Go


Don’t miss out on the last 2 lectures presented by “Ding” Darling Wildlife society.

This Friday Author Paul Bannick presents “Great Gray Owl: A Visual Natural History,” sponsored by Bill & Laurie Harkey and Friday.

And on March 19 – Author Kirk W. Johnson presents Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, sponsored by Ashton Kirchner Group/Keller Williams Realty Sanibel & Captiva, HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management,William & Barbara Millar, Geoffrey & Karen Moss, and Sanibel Carts.

Johnson who is an investigative journalist depicts the theft of rare bird skins from England’s Tring Museum in 2009 in his book Feather Thief. This true story transports the reader into the crazy world of Victorian salmon Fly tying and sellers of feathers for fashion.
“Fascinating . . . a complex tale of greed, deception, and ornithological sabotage.” —The New York Times Book Review.

Johnson is also the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post Magazine, and Wall Street Journal. His third book, The Fishermen and the Dragon: Two Dreams at War off the Texas Coast, published in 2021

Pre-signed copies of Johnson’s book will be available to purchase at the lecture that day and after the lecture at the Nature Store’s two Sanibel Island locations at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The lectures will take place at 10 a.m. in the Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. Socially distanced seating for the free lecture is limited and available on a first-come basis. Staff will be distributing entry wristbands to attendees beginning at 9 a.m. that day, after taking touch-free temperature readings. For more info call 239-472-110 ext 4 or visit