Published: Oct 01, 2013 7:20 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 01, 2013 12:40 PM EDT

SANIBEL, Fla. - The J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge will be closed to the public until further notice.  It's after news of a the Government shut down.

All parts of the refuge are closed including the Visitor/Education Center, the Indigo Trail and Wildlife Drive.

The news comes at a frustrating time for employees as October 1st was was the day for the long awaited reopening of Wildlife Drive.  The trail has been closed since May 20th while crews made some upgrades.  They added parking spaces to popular lookout points, the upgrades the water control system to help with habitat restoration and wildlife management.

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Tuesday morning and visitor tour after 9am.  All those actrivities have been postponed until further notice.