Conservationist Darling is topic of Audubon meeting April 24
Samuel Koltinsky, executive producer of Marvo Entertainment Group LLC, will present the free program “From Cartoons to Conservation, Ding Darling and His Legacy,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Jay N. “Ding” Darling was referred to as “the best friend a duck ever had.” He was nationally known as a syndicated editorial cartoonist, producing more than 15,000 cartoons over 50 years, but his lasting contribution is as a pioneering, energetic conservationist.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt hired Darling in 1934 to take over the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey (the forerunner to today’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and he drew the first Duck Stamp to raise funds to acquire critical wetland habitats.