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SCHEDULE – Big “O” 2015

Hamilton & Vendas Suggested Equipment

Big O Photo Contest 2015

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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March 11-16, 2015

Explore with Us!

The 14th Annual Big “O” Birding Festival

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2015 Host Hotel: Port LaBelle Inn

1563 Oxbow Drive, LaBelle, FL 33935

Phone to make hotel  reservations at : 863-675-4411

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The Big "O" Birding Festival is a Hendry County event organized to showcase the migratory and resident birds located in rural South Central Florida.
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.

Expect to see ducks including Fulvous Whistling-Ducks and Mottled Ducks; 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.


Tour Descriptions 2015


Guides and Presenters Biographies 2015


Guides and Presenters Schedule






Platinum Sponsors


Hendry County Tourism

Silver Sponsors

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H.E Hill


Bronze Sponsors ($500 Plus)






Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina

Hendry County

 City of LaBelle























Friends of the Festival ($100 plus)








Nisbet Enterprises Inc.

Audubon of Southwest Florida

First Bank






              Palm & Pines RV Park








LaBelle Chamber of Commerce




Harold P. Curtis Honey Co.





Collier County
Audubon Society

Caloosahatchee River Watch








Top Birding Tours

Hendry County UF Extension
IFAS Office

Hendry Glades Audubon




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Don's Steakhouse

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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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