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March 11th - 16th 2015


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Big “O” 2015

Keynotes, Classroom Presentations, Workshops, Field & Boat trips Dr. Paul Gray, Paddy Cunningham, David Goodwin, David Hartgrove, David Simpson, Jim Eager, Kim Willis, Margaret England, Capt. James plus other local talent.

Photo Workshops and Photo Shoots with: Don Hamilton

Keynote speakers each evening March 11-14: Dr. Reed Bowman, Dr. Paul Gray, Paddy Cunningham, and more.


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Explore with Us!

The 14th Annual Big “O” 2015
Schedule will be available Soon.

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The host hotel is  
Port LaBelle Inn
1563 Oxbow Drive, LaBelle, FL 33935

Phone Travis Heth, Hotel Manager
to make Reservations at : 863-675-4411

For Hendry County Accommodations and Attractions go to:

Contact us to learn about sponsorship and vendor opportunities.

The Big "O" Birding Festival is a Hendry County event organized to showcase the migratory and resident birds located in South Central Florida near the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee, the state’s largest lake and rural inland Florida.

This area is a Mecca for bird watching. We’re home to more than 250 species of birds, including Limpkins and migratory Swallow-tailed Kites plus Painted Buntings which pass through during October and April.

New this year will be trips to Audubon’s Lake Okeechobee Sanctuary which is only accessible by airboat and photo workshops with Don Hamilton.

Nine Great Florida Birding Trail sites are within the region: Dinner Island Ranch and Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, and Spirit of the Wild which are Wildlife Management Areas, and Stormwater Treatment Area #5 (STA5) in Hendry County, and Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area—East & West in Glades County.

Recent additions to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail include Devils Garden Bird Park, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, and Riverside Retreat.  Expect to see ducks such as the Fulvous Whistling-Duck and the Mottled Duck; shorebirds like Black-necked Stilt; waders such as Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork and Least Bittern; and specialty raptors including Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, and Barred Owl.

Come and help us search for South Florida’s specialty birds.



Gold Sponsors

Hendry County Tourism

Bronze Sponsors ($500 Plus)

  Hendry County Economic Development Hendry County  City of LaBelle  

  Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina Florida Audubon  
Friends of the Festival ($100 plus)

  Family Eye Care Audubon of Southwest Florida

First Bank

  Port LaBelle Inn

The Log Cabin

LaBelle Chamber of Commerce


  Nisbet Enterprises Inc.


Caloosahatchee River Watch


Conservation Foundation

Collier County
Audubon Society

Hendry Glades Audubon


  Family Eye Care

Harold P. Curtis Honey Co.

Bridge Street Coffee and Tea

  Don's Steakhouse Birding Adventures with Paddy Cunningham Hendry County UF Extension
IFAS Office
  Palm & Pines RV Park      

Please Register Early!

The tours, and fees for the Big "O" Birding Festival are subject to change without prior notice, if necessary


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