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2016 Christmas Bird Count Results

The 117th Oceanside-Vista-Carlsbad Christmas Bird Count Results The 117th Oceanside Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on December 30th, 2016.  We had a very successful Christmas Bird Count, despite the cool, rainy weather. There were approximately 183 species seen, and more than 30,970 birds counted. We estimate there were more than 120 participants in 39…

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Christmas Bird Count Friday, December 30

Calling all birders for the 2016 Christmas Bird Count! All levels of birders welcome! For the Oceanside CBC (which includes the Buena Vista Lagoon, Whelan Lake, Anstine Nature Preserve, Oceanside Harbor, among other locations), please contact organizer Jane Mygatt: janemygatt@me.com  who will assign you to a group leader who will fill you in on when…

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Monthly Meeting and Program: A Natural History of Wildlands in Southern California.

What makes Southern California so ecologically diverse?  Dr. Allan Schoenherr, Professor of Ecology from CSU Fullerton is our guest speaker for November’s monthly meeting and program. Dr. Schoenherr is the author of “A Natural History of California” and “Natural History of the Islands of California.”  He will delve into Southern California’s climate and weather, and the…

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ANNOUNCING: JANUARY 2017 UC CALIFORNIA NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of coastal north San Diego County.…

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Woodpeckers, Cavities, and Snags: Changing a Stubborn Paradigm

Most woodpeckers excavate their own nest and roost cavities, and most do so each breeding season. Where woodpeckers live, the abundance of cavities increases each year, and, more than 40 other North American bird species—not including the woodpeckers themselves—exploit this abundance for their own nests. Cavity excavation is their “signature behavior” elevating the woodpeckers’ ecological…

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Ridgway’s Rail Surveying Project Updates and Conclusion

On the evening of August 14, the signal from Rail #3 was no longer heard. The survey was thus concluded. While we had now lost touch with all of our three Rails, our surveying helped demonstrate that the Buena Vista Lagoon provides the Ridgway’s rail’s basic needs for foraging opportunities and shelter.  We also believe that the…

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Threatened: California’s Woodpeckers and Their Habitats, with Steve Shunk

Join us Wednesday, September 21 for our monthly program. 6:30: Social and 7:00 Program begins. Woodpeckers have always captured our attention.  Their unique anatomy and behavior sets them apart.  But like so many species, the path ahead is uncertain. The official California bird list includes 17 woodpecker species, 15 of which breed in the state—more…

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What is ebird and how do I use it?

What is ebird and how do I use it? Find out at a free ebird class August 11 at 10 am at the BVAS Nature Center. Class is offered by Steve Brad, an experienced birder and ebird user. Steve describes ebird as a tool for citizen science for creating a record of what is being…

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DR. DUCK’S BIRD SCULPTURES EXHIBIT

BVAS is hosting an exhibit of 25 fanciful metal bird sculptures in August at the BVAS Nature Center.  The fascinating works of art were created by Oceanside sculptor Paul Weber, sometimes known as “Dr. Duck.”   The free exhibit will run for two weeks, August 6-21. Guests will be able to view the sculptures during the…

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Ridgways’ Rail Release and Monitoring

Three radio-tagged Ridgways Rails were released at Buena Vista Lagoon July 6. They will be monitored via radio telemetry for two months by BVAS volunteers. These birds are listed as Endangered, and historically have lived in the BV Lagoon although numbers have dwindled over the years. They live and breed in the very type of…

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