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The Venice Area Audubon Rookery

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Annex Road, Venice, FL
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Unexpectedly delightful tiny oasis

Found this by chance when driving around with my sister on the way to Manasota Key. The anhingas... read more

Reviewed yesterday
GailMAnne
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Bedminster, New Jersey
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Great blue heron

An unexpected refuge behind the tax collector's. Bring your binoculars or just sit on a bench and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lottie S
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Florida
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Annex Road, Venice, FL
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"small island"
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"bring your camera"
in 5 reviews
"spotting scope"
in 4 reviews
"peaceful place"
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"white ibis"
in 3 reviews
"large birds"
in 3 reviews
"nesting birds"
in 4 reviews
"amazing shots"
in 2 reviews
"great egrets"
in 3 reviews
"local birds"
in 2 reviews
"great birding"
in 2 reviews
"bird photography"
in 2 reviews
"bird watch"
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"small pond"
in 3 reviews
"snowy egrets"
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"tamiami trail"
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"nesting season"
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Reviewed yesterday 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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank Lottie S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank kokopuffMichigan
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

If you like birds/ bird photography- go here! This is a very small pond with a little island in the middle with more birds on it than I have ever seen in one place at one time. It was awesome. I went at about 9am...More

Thank JGBesch
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

We had never before visited in the evening. Arriving about a half hour before sunset, we were entertained by a steady flow of birds coming in for a nighttime roost. Amazing.

Thank cararro
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

The rookery was among the highlights of my recent Sarasota/Venice/Naples area visit. Evening (around an hour before sunset) draws a plethora of varying bird life and it is interesting to watch and listen to the various interactions in addition to enjoying the beauty of our...More

Thank rjr0810
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

While in the area we stopped at this free Audubon Rookery. There was a guide with a telescope to show you the nests of the different birds in the area. There is a small island in a pond where for the past 30 years birds...More

Thank JLDC
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

It's an easy place to see birds nesting on the island in the lake. It was fun to see the birds landing. They fly into the wind and set down almost like an aircraft.

Thank JOHN G
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

For Birdwatching and Photography this is a must. It is an easy drive from anywhere in central Florida and the amount of birds is truly amazing. The best time to visit is early in the morning so the sun is behind you. The activity varies...More

Thank NKen
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726susani
February 24, 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.
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663irenem
February 28, 2017|
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Response from stylusx | Reviewed this property |
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.
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