VAAS Volunteers at Alligator Creek EcoFest
November is a wonderful time to consider volunteering during the winter season. Whether you’re in Venice as a full-time resident or a seasonal visitor, your enthusiasm and time make an impact on the work we engage in. Because of volunteers, Venice Area Audubon is able to fulfill our mission: to promote an understanding of and interest in wildlife and the environment that supports it, and to foster the cause of conservation with emphasis on birds and their habitats.
Do you have two to three hours a week to volunteer? One morning a month? Perhaps an hour every few days? Are you a one-project person or someone who likes to dive in deep? Do you like to work at big events? Maybe you’d like to meet new people from around the country and spread the word about Venice Area Audubon’s activities. Are you a get-up- and-go type or is your skill the power of observation? We have volunteer opportunities of all types and time commitments.
Check the website Volunteer page for details about our volunteer needs. Training is provided and the experience is guaranteed priceless. Please join us! We need you!!
Rookery Watch is an important citizen science project that monitors our Audubon Rookery island’s habitat health on a local as well as a state level. Be a part of the legacy of the Rookery Colony Watch!
Watch volunteers should be able to devote at least a couple of hours each month to the task of counting the nests and the young hatchlings on the Rookery Island. The nest counts typically take one to two hours during the busy part of the hatchling season. Watch volunteers should have binoculars, be able to walk around the Rookery pond, be able to identify the different bird species and have a bit of patience in keeping with the quadrant orientation on the island and with the young bird counts. We only ask that you do it as best as you can….it’s not easy.
Watch volunteers will need to submit their report via email to the Watch Coordinator. Birds observed in the area off of the island should be added to the volunteer’s ebird report, or the info can be shared with the Watch Coordinator to submit to ebird.
Rookery Watch is a fun and rewarding task! It’s a great opportunity to observe and appreciate different bird behaviors, and it’s a great way to serve as an ambassador to the many Rookery visitors.
Sarasota County Call Center: 941-861-5000 (General information and directions)
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