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March 9th - 13st 2014


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Big “O” 2014

Keynotes, Classroom Presentations, Workshops, Field & Boat trips with Mark Kiser (FWC GFBWT) and Selena Kiser, Dr. Paul Gray, Paddy Cunningham, David Goodwin, and David Hartgrove, plus other local talent.

Thursday night Keynote speaker: Greg Miller of the “Big Year” movie and book.


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2014 Full Schedule

The Big “O” Birding Festival events will be held at  the
Port LaBelle Inn.

Port LaBelle Inn
1563 Oxbow Drive, LaBelle, FL 33935

Phone Donna Adams, Hotel Manager
to make Reservations at : 863-675-4411

For Accommodations and Attractions go to:

Opportunities for sponsorships
are available (Click Here)

The Big "O" Birding Extravaganza is a Hendry County event in South Central Florida on the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee, the state’s largest lake.

Hendry County 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.

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.

New additions of the Birding 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.


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Gold Sponsors

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Hendry County Tourism

Bronze Sponsors ($500 Plus)

  Hendry County Economic Development Hendry County  City of LaBelle  

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

  Family Eye Care Audubon of Southwest Florida

First Bank


  Port LaBelle Inn

John J. Lopinot

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 The Log Cabin    

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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