If you missed the big Ding Darling fundraiser event last week, you may not know that an anonymous bidder paid $60,000 for a carving of a mangrove cuckoo by Sculptor Jim Sprankle.
A sell-out crowd of more than 270 attendees was at the Cuckoo for “Ding” Trailgate Party for the live auction, live music and food at the February 15th event.
The back-story, previously posted on our blog, is that the carving was created by Sprankle to lure illusive mangrove cuckoos to the Refuge. The project was a success in the wild. Rather than just put the carving away in a box somewhere the Ding Darling Wildlife Society had Sprankle clean it up and turn it into a “work of decorative art.” It was then offered at the live auction where it generated $60,000 of the nearly $100,000 raised at the event.
And here’s the extra twist: The winning bidder asked that the mangrove cuckoo carving remain at the “Ding” Darling Education Center for public viewing. Now you can visit the Refuge yourself and see a $60,000 mangrove cuckoo in person!
On Sanibel we do love our wildlife refuge, don’t we? And we show it regularly. Why don’t you plan to visit? You can book a room for your island stay right now at Gulf Breeze Cottages.