JN "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge can be found on Sanibel Island just west of Fort Myers. Known for its migrant songbirds during migration and shore birds all year, this park should be high on any Florida birder's list.
The four mile wildlife drive which is closed Fridays but open all other days, winds through an undeveloped mangrove ecosystem. Watch for mangrove crabs, gators, roseate spoonbills, and sea turtles. The refuge is home to over 270 bird species, 60 varoius reptiles and 35 mammals. Bring insect repellent as the "no-see-ums" can be deadly certain times of year.
To see more Sanibel area photos visit The Lonestar North Gallery - Sanibel Island.