Seventh annual Big O Birding Festival in 2008; Keynote features birding in ancient Florida
Many of the same birds that are the subject of birders
life lists today were popular among Florida’s first inhabitants, according to
Dr. Ryan Wheeler, State Archaeologist with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological
Research. Dr. Wheeler will give the keynote presentation during the 2008 Big O
Birding Festival, Saturday, Jan. 26 in the clubhouse at Glades Resort RV Park
According to Dr. Wheeler, bird remains found at archaeology sites throughout South Florida, once home to the Ais, Calusa, Tequesta, Timucua and Apalachee people, included those which would be familiar to birders today, among them the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Ruddy Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Limp-kin and Royal Tern, as well as the more unusual, like Great Black backed Gull, Great Auk and Razorbill.
But while many of these birds, like fossils recovered from the Boca Weir site in
The bird carvings were included in human burials in a shallow pond. The carvings depicted vultures, owls, raptors, ducks, egrets or herons and a woodpecker. A graduate of the
Glades County Economic Development Council Executive Director Tracy Whirls said she is excited about having Dr. Wheeler speak.
lot of the artifacts Dr. Wheeler will talk about were discovered at Fisheating Creek or elsewhere on
The Clubhouse at Glades Resort off SR 80 near LaBelle will host a reception at , followed by the keynote dinner Dr. Wheeler’s keynote address is the centerpiece of a weekend planned to please birders, naturalists and art lovers alike.
Kicking off the lecture series at the
The Birding Trail is an exercise in conservation fueled by the growing interest in bird watching. More than 440 premier bird watching sites are now designated, based on their quality of experience and resilience. These are made into guides to each of four geographic regions around the state. Mr. Kiser will give those attending the welcoming reception a preview of the areas in Glades and
On Saturday, at , birders can choose one of two lectures featuring Tom and Debbie Misotti of Pioneer Plantation and The Talking Monkeys Project or attend a workshop on nature photography by Dr. Robert Fulton.
After years of working as volunteers for many primate
projects, sanctuaries and commercial enterprises, Tom and Debbie Misotti wanted to form a volunteer project that would tell
the public about the perils of extinction for non-human primates. Volunteers
with the Talking Monkeys Project not only help to care for the primates, they
also learn practical recycling, methods of gardening and landscaping to help
the primates of world and people themselves.
Growing up in
On Sunday at , festival goers will return to the
As an alternative, festival goers can attend a lecture by local historian Nancy Dale who will speak on her latest work, a collection of interviews with Glades County’s pioneer ranching families titled: “Would Do, Could Do and Made Do: The Florida Pioneer "Cow Hunters" Who Tamed the Last Frontier.”
This stellar cast of speakers will augment a series of tours built to showcase the real stars of the Big O Birding Festival: more than 300 species of birds that flock to Hendry and
An early bird tour of the newly restored wetlands at Florida Rock’s Witherspoon Mine has been added for Friday, Jan. 25 beginning at Transportation will be provided to each of the tours, as well as the keynote dinner on Saturday. Admission to the arts and crafts festival and the lectures at the