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

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For information about Venice Audubon's field trips, educational programs, meetings, and special events, see the list below or click on "Calendar View"

Upcoming events

    • 14 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 6200 Osprey Road, Venice, FL

    Fri, Oct 14 - South Venice Lemon Bay Park: Florida Scrub Jays, woodpeckers, warblers, vireos, Great Horned Owls. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot, 6200 Osprey Road, Venice. 

    Host: Eileen Gerle,

    eileengerle@gmail.com.
    • 19 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 1420 Gilbert Ave, Sarasota, FL
    Oct 19 (Wed) - Pinecraft Park: Barred owls, woodpeckers, warblers, vireos, thrushes and more in a wooded urban oasis, one of the area’s hotter “hotspots.” The area is small, but some walking may be difficult. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot, 1420 Gilbert Ave, Sarasota.

    Host: Tom Litteral, birdsNboat@comcast.net

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    • 25 Oct 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

    Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

    All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

    • 6:00pm:  (optional) Social time and refreshments
    • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
    • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

      "Great Blue Herons" - Jerry Waters, Arcadia Fl. Certified and Advanced Florida Master Naturalist Instructor/Presenter

      • 27 Oct 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL
      Oct 27 (Thurs) - Siesta Key: Sarasota’s premier beach for a wide variety of gulls, terns and shorebirds. Plenty of walking, but if you hit one birding location along the coastline, this is it. Meet in the Siesta Key Beach main parking lot near the pavilion at 8 a.m.

      Host: Lou Sharp, ljsharp@sbcglobal.net

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      • 4 Nov 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 6888 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL
      Nov 4 (Fri) - Celery Fields: A spectacular birding hotspot, with ducks, herons, egrets and a good chance at Purple Gallinules, bitterns, rails and hawks. Meet at the picnic tables at the Sarasota Audubon Nature Center, 6888 Palmer Blvd at 8 a.m.

      Host: Bob Clark, rlwclark@gmail.com

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      • 8 Nov 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 18235 Avon Ave, Port Charlotte, FL

      Nov 8 (Tues) - Ollie's Pond: This is a fun one, with an easy one-mile walk to search for ducks, herons, waders, shorebirds, warblers and more. (No restroom facilities). Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Avon Ave and San Matias (18235 Avon Ave) in Port Charlotte at 8 a.m.

      Host: Jack Foard, captainjackfoard@yahoo.com

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      • 11 Nov 2022
      • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 16405 Myakka Rd, Sarasota, FL
      Nov 11 (Fri): Crowley Museum and Nature Center: An exceptional location for spotting a wide variety of species, including owls, hawks, woodpeckers, warblers, vireos and more, with resident birder extraordinaire, Sharron Wilcox, leading the way. Take Fruitville Rd (SR-780) 11 miles to the east of I-75, then at the stop sign turn right for 2.5 miles on Myakka Rd. Crowley Museum and Nature Center will be on your left. Enter through the gate and follow the road straight ahead to the meeting point. Walk will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.

      Host: Jack Foard, captainjackfoard@yahoo.com

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      • 16 Nov 2022
      • 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM
      • Stump Pass Beach State Park, Englewood, FL
      Nov 16 (Wed) - Stump Pass Beach State Park: A beautiful walk through mangroves on the inland side up to the pass, with a return on the beach. A 2.6 mile walk in sand, so it’s a longer walk and a hike for the hardy. Lots of shorebirds, terns and gulls and always a few surprises in wading pools at the point and looking out on the Gulf. Located at the south end of Manasota Key. Gate opens at 8 a.m., with a limited number of parking spots and a parking fee of $3. Gather by the circular drive and facilities, with the walk beginning at 8:15.

      Host: Lou Sharp, ljsharp@sbcglobal.net and Bob Clark, rlwclark@gmail.com

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      • 22 Nov 2022
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

      Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

      All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

      Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      • 6:00pm:  (optional) Social time and refreshments
      • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
      • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

      Birds and Climate Change: Renier Mungula, Lakeland, FL. Full time naturalist and international nature photographer, Eagle Watch coordinator, contributor to various scientific/nature publications

      • 26 Nov 2022
      • 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL
      Nov 26 (Sat) - Myakka River State Park: This extraordinary wildlife preserve offers some of the best birding in Sarasota County. There’s a $6 entry fee, and the trip involves driving to a number of different birding sites, so consider carpooling with friends. Park opens at 8 a.m. Meet just inside the entrance at the first parking lot on the right, with birding beginning at 8:15.

      Host: Jack Foard, captainjackfoard@yahoo.com

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      • 3 Dec 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 8000 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL
      Sat, Dec 3 - State College of Florida, Venice Campus: A handy walk around a one-mile paved pathway featuring a scenic lake filled with bird activity, including a variety of herons and a local favorite, the Purple Gallinule. Those wishing to continue birding can explore other areas of this scenic campus. Meet in the main parking lot, 8000 S Tamiami Trail, Venice.

      Host: Bob Clark rlwclark@gmail.com

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      • 6 Dec 2022
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

      Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

      All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

      Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      • 6:00pm:  (optional) Social time and refreshments
      • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
      • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

      Introduction to Florida Birds:  Are you new to birding in Florida? Interested in participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count? Join us for an introduction to Florida's finest avian inhabitants. With Kate Borduas (VAAS member/volunteer, Florida Master Naturalist, National Certified Interpretive Guide) and Bob Clark (VAAS Board Member and Chair of Conservation Committee). 

      The local annual Christmas Bird Count takes place in a 15-mile diameter circular area in Venice, Englewood, Nokomis, and some of North Port. Click here for history and information about the Christmas Bird Count.

      • 8 Dec 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice, FL
      Thurs, Dec 8 - Carlton Reserve Backcountry Driving Tour: This is a special opportunity, limited to 15 people in 4 vehicles, to visit areas of the reserve not easily accessed by foot. Plan on a 3-4 hr. trip. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet in the main parking lot, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway at 8 a.m.

      Host: Nancy Edmondson, 941-600-5767. Text or call, leaving a message.

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      • 13 Dec 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 6000 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, Englewood, FL

      Tues, Dec 13 - Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve: This 80-acre preserve, previously a golf course property, now features woods and hills, wetlands and open water, both fresh and salt. As a result, it has a wide variety of bird species of all kinds. The property is not generally opened to the public, so this will be a special treat. Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot at 6000 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, just east of Placida Rd, Englewood.

      Host: Mike Weisensee, mike17554@gmail.com

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      • 18 Dec 2022
      • Venice and Englewood

      Dec 18 (Sun) - Venice/Englewood Christmas Bird Count: This annual event involves more than 100 volunteers divided into teams to spend at least the morning counting birds and bird species within a 15-mile circumference circle around the Venice/Englewood area. If you’ve never participated, sign up by Nov 30th and we’ll work you into a team.

      Contact: Bob Clark, rlwclark@gmail.com

      • 28 Dec 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis, FL
      Dec 28 (Wed) - Pinelands/Laurel Landfill Carpool: See Bald Eagles, Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Bluebirds, woodpeckers, waders and a variety of other birds. Meet at 8 a.m. at Pinelands Preserve trail head, 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis. Parking lot is on the right just before the gate.

      Host: Bill Fairbank, 941-330-6573

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      • 24 Jan 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

      Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

      All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

      Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      • 6:00pm:  (optional) Social time and refreshments
      • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
      • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

      Purple Martins - With Barbara Zittel, Leader of the Venice Audubon Purple Martin Program. 

      This presentation coincides with the arrival of migrating Purple Martins to their nesting houses outside the Venice Audubon Center in the Venice Rookery Park.

      • 21 Feb 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

      Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

      All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

      Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      • 6:00pm:  Social time and refreshments (optional)
      • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
      • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

      Insects and Climate Change: With Kate Borduas (VAAS member/volunteer, Florida Master Naturalist, National Certified Interpretive Guide).

      • 28 Mar 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

      Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

      All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

      Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      • 6:00pm:  Social time and refreshments (optional)
      • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
      • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

      Life in the Rookery: With Jack Foard (VAAS Past President/volunteer).

      • 25 Apr 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293

      Member Meeting & Monthly Educational Program

      All are welcome - members of the public as well as Venice Audubon Members.

      Participants are strongly encouraged to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      • 6:00pm:  Social time and refreshments (optional)
      • 6:30pm: Monthly Membership Meeting 
      • Monthly Educational Program follows (usually 6:45)

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    VAAS telephone: 941-496-8984

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