2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

The BVAS Conservation Mission

The BVAS Conservation Mission is to help educate BVAS members and the general public on important conservation issues, to influence public policy and programs in order to better protect the natural environment, and to actively support programs to protect, preserve, restore, and enhance natural ecosystems on a local, regional, national, and international level.

Conservation Matters

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Buena Vista Lagoon Parcel Acquisition

Buena Vista Audubon Society is now a landowner, for the first time in its 60+ year history. Escrow closed in January, 2016 on a 3.5-acre piece of property across the street from the BVAS Nature Center.

San Luis Rey River Parcel Acquisition

BVAS is in the process of purchasing a 31-acre parcel (currently owned by the Cheatham family) that lies in between the San Luis Rey River and Camp Pendleton. 

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Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project

San Diego Association of Governments released the draft EIR for the Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration Project in July, 2015. The document analyzes the potential environmental impacts of various alternative plans for the restoration of the lagoon. BVAS has long advocated the removal of the weir at the mouth of the lagoon and the restoration to a saltwater estuary and marsh.

Bioblitzes at Buena Vista Lagoon

What is a BioBlitz?

A Bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. There have been two Bioblitzes in the BV Lagoon area; one in April, 2016 to honor Nature Guide Amaranta Kozuch.  The second was during the 2017 Endangered Species Day event.

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Amaranta's Bioblitz, April 29 & 30, 2016

This Bio-Blitz survey of the plants and animals living on the grounds of the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center and within the adjacent Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve was done as a special tribute to Amaranta Kozuch by her colleagues at the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research and her friends at BVAS.

Endangered Species Day Bioblitz, May 2017

For a one-week period, culminating in the Endangered Species Day weekend May 20, participants surveyed all the fauna and flora of the BV Lagoon, using iNaturalist on smartphones to record observations. Participants included two AP Environmental Science classes from Carlsbad HS.

Other Conservation Issues

Comments on Marine Sanctuaries Review, July 2017

Comments on Inns at Buena Vista Creek DEIR December, 2016

Campus Park West Development

Download the official letter sent by the BVASvwith our comments on the Campus Park West application for a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

San Marcos Highlands Project MND

Download the official letter sent by the BVAS with our comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed San Marcos Highlands development project.

San Marcos Highlands Project DEIR

Download the official letter sent by the BVAS with our comments on the DEIR for the proposed San Marcos Highlands development project.

San Marcos Highlands Final EIR

Download the official BVAS comment letter on the Final EIR for the  proposed San Marcos Highlands development project.

BVAS comments in opposition to delisting the Southwest Willow Flycatcher 2016

BVAS Oceanside Digital Billboard Comment Letter January 2015

Conservation Archives

Measure A: Agua Hedionda South Shore Specific Plan (85/15)

On February 23, 2016, Carlsbad residents defeated Measure A,  the Agua Hedionda South Shore Specific Plan (aka "85/15") proposed by developer Caruso Affiliated. The 85/15 Plan would have allowed a 585,000 square foot shopping mall to be built on the shores of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

BVAS and Measure A

BVAS's position paper on why we opposed Measure A

Our Mission

Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

Nature Center

2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

760-439-BIRD
(760-439-2473)

Hours

Sunday 1-4pm
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday 10 am-4 pm
Thursday 10 am-4 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm

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