In 2000 Darrell and Bettye purchased 40 acres of land on Crystal Lake in Lake Mary to protect it from development. They donated the property to the City of Lake Mary to become part of its' natural lands program with deed
restrictions preventing it from ever being developed. The land is now known as the Crystal Lake Preserve. Darrell was especially fond of Florida sandhill cranes and whooping cranes and traveled the world in search of other crane species. Of the 15 species of cranes in the world he was able to see 13 in their native habitat. He missed his goal of seeing them all by 2. In 2004 he demonstrated his great interest in cranes by helping with the design and construction of the Felburn-Leidigh Chick Rearing facility at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo , Wi .
Darrell was a member of National Audubon, Seminole Audubon, Friends of the Wekiva, Nature Conservancy, Wilderness Society, National Wildlife Federation, Operation Migration, Sierra Club, International Crane Foundation and president of the Crystal Lake Preserve, Inc.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Friday Bird Blogging
My old friend and competitor in the canoe business, Darrell Leidigh, has passed away.
An original person in all things, Darrell was an incessant tinkerer, creator, and observer. No one could say it with as much expression as Darrell could when it came to expressing his opinion. His three words, "That Damned Bush!" equalled several pages from other pundits.
Some of us had the pleasure of staying with Darrell and his wife Bettye at their home on Crystal Lake in St. Mary's, Florida, where he introduced us to his other children, the Sandhill Cranes that lived in his "yard".
Thanks for all the moments, Darrell.