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BVAS purchases the Cheatham property!

Buena Vista Audubon is excited to report that on Friday, June 30, we closed on escrow for acquiring the Cheatham property! It’s been a long road towards permanently protecting this 31-acre former dairy farm in the hills above the San Luis Rey River.  We started looking into it about three years ago, at the same…

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Day Care Gone Wild!

At best, it’s a bit confusing and startling.  Some people even use emotion-laden words such as “heart-breaking” or “sad.”  No telling how you might feel the first time you see a small bird such as a Song Sparrow working like crazy to feed a begging cowbird youngster more than twice its size.  But one thing…

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Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Camp 2017

If you know a child who loves to learn about nature, you may want to get him or her signed up for Summer Camp at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center.  Leader Dovie Christenson is planning daily activities that include walks, talks, games, crafts, and music.  Visitors this summer include a professional botanist who will…

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California Gnatcatcher: Hero of the Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat

Heading down the trail from the San Elijo Lagoon parking lot, he played a wheezy, kitten-mewing type of call on his phone.  “That’s what we’re listening for.”  This good friend and avid birder from Colorado was on a mission—to find a California Gnatcatcher.  Searing that call into our brains, we followed our ears to find…

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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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Seventh Annual Birdhouse Auction a Wonderful Success!

BVAS’s annual Birdhouse Auction party, fundraiser, and open house was once again a success!  Every year seems bigger and better, and draws in a variety of members of the community.  This year was no exception!  We had neighbors wandering in for the first time, to discover this gem in their neighborhood.  Friends from the conservation,…

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Nest Boxes & Cavity Nesting Birds

Birdhouses come in all shapes, sizes, and styles.  They can be eye-catching pieces of art that delight humans.  Or they can be very plain boxes that focus solely on what a bird might want, with little concern for what a human might think.  And they can fall anywhere between those two extremes.  But a very…

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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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