Mangrove Cuckoo – Sanibel Island

The illusive Mangrove cuckoo has been lured to Sanibel Island’s “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge by a cuckoo decoy carved by renowned Sanibel artist, Jim Sprankle. Now, you can bid on it as a work of the carver’s art.

A tent party that the Ding Darling Wildlife Society labels a Cuckoo for Ding “Trailgate” Party will include a tent party with live and silent auctions, music by Chris Coile and a “trailgate” theme. The party will raise funds to support the Mangrove Cuckoo research project, education, and other research at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The date isFebruary 15, 2013 at the Refuge.

The main item to be offered at auction is the cuckoo decoy, which has been retired from it’s decoy assignment and is being tweaked and redecorated by Sprankle as artwork. This is a one-of-kind carving, with an interesting back-story, too. You could be the lucky bid winner of this exceptional piece.

DDWS Executive Director Birgie Vertesch advised, “Jim’s work typically fetches bids well into the four-figure range. Given its original use as research tool in a study that is tagging Mangrove Cuckoos for the first time in history, his cuckoo piece is priceless.”

Several other items will be included in the auctions, from private guided excursions with the mangrove cuckoo biologist to a wildlife-themed wood Adirondack chair painted by Randon Eddy, courtesy of Ace Hardware, and more than 20 other art and gift certificate items

Interested? Book accommodations at Gulf Breeze Cottages, spend a few days on Sanibel exploring “Ding” Darling NWR and place your bid!