J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Digital Signs Go Up at "Ding" Darling Refuge

November 22, 2011, 10:47 am

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida made virtual history in late June when it unveiled iNature Trail, an interactive, quick response code system along Wildlife Drive.

The Sanibel Island sanctuary is the first of the 553 national wildlife refuges to use QR codes. It is believed to be the first QR wildlife trail in the nation.

QR codes are small barcodes that can be scanned by smartphones to pull up Web sites, videos and other information. QR codes also are known as hardlinks, or physical-world hyperlinks.

As the refuge’s approximately 800,000 annual visitors travel a quiet, four-mile stretch along Wildlife Drive, they now can watch videos about everything from the characteristics of the roseate spoonbill to the types of mangroves that dot the 6,400-acre refuge—all with just a few clicks of their smartphones.

Read more at fws.gov.