The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will kick off its biweekly showings in January with a schedule of seven films that explore natural facets from bluebirds and bees, to man’s interference with water supplies and the Florida Everglades.

First on Jan. 8, “Bluebird Man” focuses on the efforts of 91-year-old Alfred Larson, who has been monitoring and maintaining more than 300 nest boxes for bluebirds in Idaho for 35 years to stem the bird’s decline. One of the season’s highlights, “The Swamp” on March 18, chronicles repeated efforts to transform the Florida Everglades into an agricultural and urban kingdom, ultimately leading to a passionate campaign to preserve America’s greatest wetland.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free showings in the Visitor & Education Center, with sponsorship from the Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s full schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 8: “Bluebird Man”
  • Jan. 22: “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?”
  • Feb. 5: “Water & Power: A California Heist”
  • Feb. 19: “BLUE”
  • March 4: “Ghost Bird”
  • March 18: “The Swamp”
  • April 1: “Bird of Prey”

All films begin at 1 p.m.

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.