We get our share of World Travelers at West Wind Inn. Now, as the closest beach resort to “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, we invite you to share the world travel stories of Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik and Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland at a special presentation in the free Education Center at the Refuge on Friday, March 15th at 10am and 1pm.

As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs’ Wildlife Without Borders initiative, Toni traveled to Siberia for two weeks in July 2012 and Paul spent 17 days in central and southern China in December 2012.

Wildlife Without Borders addresses grassroots wildlife conservation problems from a broad, landscape perspective seeking to build expertise and strengthen institutions dedicated to conserving nature.

To that end, Ranger Westland flew to Baikalsky Reserve in Russia to help redesign existing visitor facilities and plan new ones on the shores of Lake Baikal. She also helped develop environmental education and interpretation programs.

Ranger Tritaik traveled to Shanxii and Hunan Provinces in China to evaluate habitat management activities in nature reserves and advise on planning and holding bird festivals.

The experiences and images make compelling storytelling. Admission is free to the lecture, which is sponsored by Shell Point Retirement Community and DDWS, as part of its 11-week Friday Lecture Series. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

As usual, Wildlife Drive is closed on Friday, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the free Education Center and the recreational opportunities at Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge’s official concessionaire located at its Tarpon Bay Recreation Area. For more information on the lecture series, call 239-472-1100 ext. 241.

Plan to stay at West Wind Inn and enjoy this rare opportunity to learn about Sanibel Island’s involvement with worldwide conservation efforts.