January Field Trip to Venice Audubon Rookery

On January 14, we visited the Venice Audubon Rookery. Thanks to Jack for a great tour!  

The Venice Area Audubon Rookery, internationally known to bird photographers, is freely open to all visitors from dawn to dusk every day of the year.  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 Tangled invasive plants have been replaced by Florida-friendly vegetation so you can easily walk around the edge of the lake and watch bird activity on all sides of the island.  The Venice Rookery is an all-volunteer project.   LEARN MORE AND DONATE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We learned about the  bat houses… 

 Watching hundreds of bats emerge from their houses at the Venice Area Audubon Rookery has become a popular evening activity. Sarasota County installed four bat houses near the Rookery and regularly monitors them for activity. They are located just left of the Rookery pond. Two species of bats have been identified using the four bat houses: Brazilian or Mexican Free-tailed Bat and the   Evening Bat.