2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Education

Thank you Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and San Diego Parks4Kids

BVAS would like to thank two generous funders that recently awarded us grants: the first is the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, who awarded us a $5,000 grant for our childrens’ nature education programs. The second is San Diego Parks4Kids (a partnership between the Outdoor Foundation, Outdoor Industry Association, and the San Diego Foundation).  They awarded us $700 from a crowdfunding campaign for our Sharing our…

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Who’s Awake? The story of the Great Horned Owl

Who’s awake?  Me too!  Who’s awake?  Me too! This series of five rhythmic, muffled, slightly eerie hoots—all on one pitch—wafts through the darkness this time of year.  The sentinel taking attendance is the Great Horned Owl.  Measuring nearly two feet from head to tail, the Great Horned is the largest and most widespread owl in…

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Monthly Meeting and Program: “Breaking Point”

Wednesday, January 18th 6:30 Social; 7:00 Program Join us for our monthly meeting and program at the BVAS Nature Center: this month’s program will feature the Salton Sea, with the film “Breaking Point” with director Bill Wisneski.  A casualty of the “water wars” in the Southwest, California’s largest lake is disappearing. The receding Salton Sea…

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Interactive BV Lagoon Trail Map

A new smartphone-friendly interactive online mapping program is available for visitors to our nature trail; this can be used to identify plants and key features as one walks around the trail.  Enable the GPS navigation location on your smartphone, and then use this map application: http://arcg.is/2f61rbX This link to the map of the Buena Vista…

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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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The Tricolored Blackbird: Next on the Endangered List?

One evening last fall, on a restaurant deck overlooking Oceanside Harbor, I watched House Sparrows skitter around the floor, searching out crumbs.  A larger bird caught my eye and I thought, “Red-winged Blackbird.”  Then he uttered a noise rather like a snarling cat.  Or maybe an irritated chicken.  Okay—that’s no Red-winged Blackbird.  A closer look…

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Raise the Roof for the Raptor Institute!

Many people enjoy visiting with live raptors at our annual Endangered Species Day and Nature Camp. The non-profit that brings these animal ambassadors, the Raptor Institute, is holding an important fundraiser to help in expanding their facilities and being able to house more non-releasable raptors to be used for education.  To be part of this…

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