DiscoverDINGSoloSmallSanibel is known for it’s laid-back approach to life. So, who would guess this sancturary island is on the leading edge of digital communication? The Ding Darling Wildlife Society/Friends of Ding Darling NWR has announced a smartphone break-through – a new app named Discover “Ding” – scheduled for release any day now. It also will be the subject of a special event during “Ding” Darling Days in October 2014.

This is touted as the first application of game play, GPS and social media to be implemented in a National Wildlife Refuge. It combines these elements to create a fun experience that encourages users to observe and analyze what they see and better understand the refuge’s wildlife conservation mission
“We’re excited to be on the leading edge of what we believe will become a vital tool with which to engage refuge visitors,” said John McCabe, president of DDWS. As the refuge’s volunteer friends group, the society has been instrumental over the years in helping to underwrite
innovative visitor outreach strategies and has played a leading role in promoting development of the Discover “Ding” App.

The annual “Ding” Darling Days celebration, of which this year’s will be the 25th, continues to offer the public interaction with Sanibel Island’s most popular attraction. Now. the thrust of 21st century technology is being introduced into the National Wildlife Refuge System’s “Conserving the Future” strategic vision with a special event at Ding Darling Days 2014.

Guests staying on the Sanibel beach at Sanibel Arms West condo resort during the week of Ding Darling Days, October 19-25, will have the opportunity to enjoy this traditional family event and learn more about using smartphones to Discover “Ding”. For more information, visit the Friends of “Ding” Darling web site.