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SCHEDULE – Big “O” 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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March 11-16, 2015

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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

For Hendry County Accommodations and Attractions go to:

http://www.visithendrycounty.com

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.

 

 


 

 

 

Gold Sponsors

 



Hendry County Tourism

 

Bronze Sponsors ($500 Plus)

 

 

 

 

 

Hendry County Economic Development

Hendry County

 City of LaBelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Eco-Voice

Caloosahatchee River Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanibel-Captiva
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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