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The Venice Area Audubon Rookery

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The variety of bird species is amazing. If you appreciate birds you'll love it. Lots to see, very... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Venice, Florida

This is a small area for watching birds. There are a few benches around the pond and some picnic... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Heather M
Saint James, Missouri
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

I've been a couple of times to the rookery and possibly there are more birds to be seen at different times of the year and time of day, but other than egrets and herons there wasn't a lot of variety. It was a pleasant walk...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

The variety of bird species is amazing. If you appreciate birds you'll love it. Lots to see, very secluded and peaceful.

Thank franksnake71
Reviewed 20 June 2018

This is a small area for watching birds. There are a few benches around the pond and some picnic tables under a pavilion. We were there in the evening when the birds were coming back for the night. They are quite vocal. Be on the...More

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 19 May 2018

The Rookery is a small island in a lake just behind the Municipal Building in Venice. There is a pavillion and picnic tables. There is a path around the lake so the island can be viewed from any angle. Large numbers of birds arrive in...More

Thank Wooby30
Reviewed 10 May 2018

This local and free site is a great spot to see many native birds in a quiet location. A must see while in Venice.

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 1 May 2018

We've been coming to this delightful rookery for a few years. No matter what season or time of day, you will find birds here. We've visited three times so far this year to watch the courtship behaviors and spectacular breeding plumage. The nests on the...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Found this by chance when driving around with my sister on the way to Manasota Key. The anhingas were my favorite. The kindest volunteer, a long time birder, was a very knowledgeable source of lots of information about all the birds nesting there.

Thank GailMAnne
Reviewed 11 April 2018

An unexpected refuge behind the tax collector's. Bring your binoculars or just sit on a bench and watch all the birds from afar. A lovely place with respectful people, helpful volunteers, and amazing birds!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived just after sunrise in early April and it was perfect timing. Many birds were feeding their young and there was plenty of activity on the little island. Also saw two alligators lurking around. Very much worth the early morning and short drive.

Thank mltcjackson
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We got there at 5pm and the island was full of birds. It was a wonderful sight. We walked the perimeter and met a variety of winged bodies!

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24 February 2018|
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Response from Margaret D | Reviewed this property |
yes this is open all the time. Just drive down the road and it's right there. Best time is early am and dusk to see birds.
28 February 2017|
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I would recommend you not bring your dog. The place is as quiet as a library while the (some professional) photographers do their work. The huge alligator in the pond should be avoided as well.