Providing education and conservation to protect birds and their habitats at the Venice Rookery and the greater Venice area.

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The Venice Area Audubon Society (VAAS) offers a variety of educational and conservation programs. Our programs are busiest from January to April when visitors and part-time residents come to the area. Our all-volunteer organization offers birding field trips, monthly lectures, children's educational programs, community science projects, and others. Activities are open to the public and participants are encouraged to become members and get involved as volunteers. 


Educational Programs is one of the core focus areas of the Venice Area Audubon Society (VAAS) and encompasses a variety of projects. Exciting plans are underway for the 2022-2023 season and include a conscious effort to hold programs and events in Englewood, North Port, Osprey, and Nokomis, in addition to Venice.

When participating in VAAS programs, please follow recommended COVID precautions.

  • Rookery Docents and Stewards: Docents provide information, printed reference materials, Audubon membership information, and loan scopes and binoculars to Rookery visitors. From September through April, our goal is to have a regular Rookery Docent presence at the Rookery Pavilion from 9:00 am -12:00 pm and 4:00 pm – sunset. Rookery Stewards help keep the pavilion, walking path, and perimeter clean and safe. Contact: Bill Fairbank,
  • Children’s Educational Programs: The Bird Study Program for second graders from February to March consists of classroom instruction and a field trip to the Rookery. A proposal to resume the Scrub Jay Program for fifth graders is in the works, and children’s activities are also part of events throughout the year. Contact: Linda Soderquist,, 941-270-7994.
  • Birding Field Trips: Volunteer hosts lead field trips from October through April at various sites in the area. Join us to learn about local birds and other flora and fauna! Look for a full calendar to be posted in future newsletters and on our website.
  • Monthly Educational Programs: On the fourth Tuesday of each month from September through April, VAAS hosts an educational program on a topic of interest to our members. The monthly VAAS Membership Meeting starts at 6:30 pm followed by the educational program. Contact: Judy Landkamer,, 253-391-1240.


Community Science:

·        Christmas Bird Count
·        Rookery Watch Survey
·        Urban Forest Survey
·        Jay Watch
·        Eagle Watch

Bird Stewardship:

·        Beach nesting protection
·        Rooftop monitoring

Rookery Park Habitat:

·        Purple Martin houses
·        Pollinator garden
·        Tree thicket and understory project
·        Long-range habitat planning and County Parks collaborations        

Advocacy & Networking:

·        Audubon Florida Gulf Coast Regional Conservation Committee      
·        Myakka River Management Coordinating Council
·        Science & Environment Council of Sarasota
·        City of Venice Environmental Advisory Board
·        Ad hoc advocacy             

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Telephone: 941-496-8984

Sarasota County Call Center: 941-861-5000 (General information and directions)

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