Venice, Florida’s famous Rookery Park is home to an easily viewed bird rookery that hosts roosting birds year round and nesting birds from late winter through spring. For over 25 years, Venice Area Audubon Society has tracked bird nesting data as part of Audubon Florida’s statewide community science Colony Watch program. Our local goal for the project is to record and monitor the health and habitat of the Venice Rookery and the birds that nest on the island, and to contribute data to Florida's assessment of rookery sites.
This has been a long-term endeavor for our organization with rookery watch records dating back to 1997, compiled by Venice Area Audubon volunteers. Due to its long and successful history, the Audubon Rookery in Venice is a recognized rookery for the state of Florida.
The Venice Rookery island is the nesting site for at least 6 notable bird species - Great Blue Heron, White Ibis, Great Egret, Anhinga, Double-crested Cormorant, and Black-crowned Night Heron. From November through April, the Venice Area Audubon volunteer rookery watch team collects weekly nest data, counting each species' nests and hatchlings, leading to an annual final breeding season report. At the end of the breeding season, Venice Area Audubon's rookery watch report is shared with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC). These data points provide insight into the success of the birds and to the overall health and sustainability of the Rookery island.
Learn more about the birds seen at the Rookery.