‘America’s Darling’ for conservation film

Mar 08, 2018
Source: Wikimedia Commons “Our First Victory” is an example of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Jay N. “Ding” Darling.

Rockland — The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge is screening films about conservation heroes and heroines Thursdays in March. Films are shown twice, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Visitor Center, 9 Water St. Admission is free.

The series continues March 15 with “Rachel Carson's Silent Spring” (1993, USA-TV). This 55-minute “American Experience” film explores the life of writer and biologist Rachel Carson, who wrote the book “Silent Spring.” On March 22, the film will be “America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. Ding Darling” (2012, USA).

Jay N. “Ding” Darling was a cartoonist whose nationally syndicated cartoons often featured conservation themes. His work, which earned two Pulitzer Prizes, influenced many people including presidents. He became the head of the Iowa State Fish and Game Commission and a key creator of the National Wildlife Federation.

The series will conclude March 29 with “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” (2011, USA/Mexico).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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