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 Venice Area Audubon Rookery


Annex Road, Venice, FL  

This 14-acre park consists of a small rookery island within a man-made lake which serves as a premier destination for birders and nature photographers. The rookery is a highly used nesting spot for egrets, herons and anhingas.

  • The best time to photograph is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • A great vantage point late in the afternoon is the path to the left of the pavilion.
  • Stop at the Venice Area Audubon Society Center (located at 4002 S. U.S. 41, Venice) on your way to or from the rookery.
  • The Venice Area Audubon Rookery is on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

The Rookery island’s deep lake is small enough so that from the shaded pavilion benches you hardly need binoculars for a clear view of the birds. Tangled invasive plants have been replaced by Florida-friendly vegetation so you can easily walk around the edge of the lake and watch bird activity on all sides of the island.

Common sightings during the nesting season from December through May are Glossy Ibises, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Anhingas, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Tricolored Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons. Activity is a flurry as they build nests, court, incubate eggs and raise their young.


Throughout the year, Little Blue Herons and White Ibises make the Venice Rookery island their safe home throughout the night. They tend to approach in large flocks.

Nesting season is busy but the Rookery has avian visitors year round. Nesting species and others (such as White Ibises and Little Blue Herons) flock in great numbers to the island each evening at sunset to roost safely for the night. Alligators patrol the lake, keeping mammalian predators from preying on the island’s birds.




Open year round from dawn to dusk.

 Google Map to Rookery



  • Picnic pavilion
  • Lake
  • Parking
  • Interpretive signage

Sarasota County, Florida
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