The best way to see the alligators and amazing birds is on two wheels. That way, you can slow down and see birds hidden in trees that you would miss if you zipped by in a car. Get there early, before it gets too hot to catch the wildlife at its most active. Ding Darling Days is a weeklong festival, happening from October 18 to 24, 2009. On hand will be some of the nation’s finest wildlife artists, who compete in the Duck Stamp contest for a chance to get their art on next year’s stamp.