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Rookery Island Boat Trip

  • Monday, April 08, 2024
  • 12:45 PM
  • Bayfront Park, Sarasota
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Join us on a Venice Area Audubon Society fundraiser cruise to the rookery islands in Sarasota's Roberts Bay. 

The cruise on the  Carefree Learner boat will last about 2 hours. We will see three islands covered with nesting Brown Pelicans, herons, egrets and cormorants. In the past, we were thrilled to also see nesting Roseate Spoonbills and Reddish Egrets.  This has been a popular trip in the past. 

The cost of the cruise is $35 per person. The number of passengers is limited to 20. Detailed directions to the Carefree Learner berth will be provided to cruise participants later. The Carefree Learner has a full length canopy which provides some shelter from the sun, however it is recommended that participants use sunscreen.

Registration is required for this trip.

Host: Bill Fairbank,


Trip Cancellation due to circumstances beyond the control of Venice Area Audubon Society:  Sometimes it becomes necessary to cancel the boat trip due to bad weather or other reason.  When feasible the boat trip will be rescheduled at another date.  Refunds will be made to those unable to accommodate the new date.  If it is not feasible to reschedule the trip then refunds will be made to all of those who paid.  Refunds will be sent to the mailing address on the reservation form.

Personal Trip Cancellation:  Sometimes personal circumstances, such as illness, family matters, or other reasons require a person to cancel his or her participation in the boat trip. A refund will be made for personal trip cancellation up to 7 days before departure. If the participant finds a substitute, or the vacancy can be filled from the waiting list, within the 7 day period before departure then a refund will be made.  Such refunds will be made only after the trip finishes.  Refunds will be sent to the mailing address on the reservation form.

Venice Area Audubon Society Liability and Photo Release:
At the start of the boat trip, all participants will be required to sign a form indicating they have read and agreed to the provisions of the VAAS Liability and Photo Release policy, as follows:

By this agreement, I have voluntarily applied to participate in field trips sponsored by the Venice Area Audubon Society (VAAS). I expressly assume the risk of any harm that might occur directly or indirectly from travel to and from the field trip site and from any harm that might occur directly or indirectly from any forces of nature or wildlife that I may be exposed to that cause me injury.

In addition, on behalf of myself and my assignees, heirs, personal representatives and legal representatives, in consideration of the opportunity to participate and attend the field trips organized by the VAAS and being eighteen (18) years of age or older, I hereby agree to release and hold harmless VAAS and its field trip volunteers, as well as the National Audubon Society.

I grant VAAS, its representatives and members the right to take photographs of me and my property in connection with field trips and other VAAS activities. I authorize the use of same in print and/or electronically.



Telephone: 941-496-8984

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


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