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75th anniversary season celebrates the life of ‘Ding’

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This week, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge unveiled a new exhibit and mural dedicated to the achievements of the center’s namesake: Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling.

Among his accomplishments, Darling created the Federal Duck Stamp program in 1934 to support the purchase of wetland habitats. To pay tribute, a new mural depicts the first 1935 stamp, which Darling designed. Artist David Williams added three-dimensional mallards, which appear to be flying out of the stamp.

Enhancements include a selfie station, an electronic timeline of Darling’s life, interactive replications of his drafting table and desk and a few never-before-exhibited artifacts.

Cyndee Woolley, APR, C2 Communications

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