September is a great time to visit the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. The US National Fish & Wildlife Service is responsible for running the J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. “Ding” as it is known to the locals is a great tourist destination which had not been mapped by Google Street View. With our Trekker backpack and some 4 wheeled transportation provided by the USFWS we were able to successfully map this national treasure for everyone to enjoy on Google Street View. We also took the 360 camera inside the visitor center to round out the virtual tour experience (check out those bathrooms!).

Project Scope: The refuge consists of several trails and locations. Our goal was to create 360 images and successfully blue line the following attractions:

  • Wildlife Drive
  • The Indigo Trail
  • The¬†Wildlife¬†Education Boardwalk
  • The Bailey Tract
  • Tarpon Bay Explorers

In addition we also needed to capture several panoramic images inside the visitor center and bathrooms.

Here is a photo showing some of the new blue lines (indicated by red arrows) and live links to our images on Google Maps and Street View:

Wildlife Drive:

Indigo Trail:

Wildlife Education Boardwalk:

Bailey Tract:

Visitor Center:

Visitor Center Ladies Room:

Visitor Center Mens Room:

Tarpon Bay Explorers: