2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

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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Young artists sought for mural project with Muramid Museum

Buena Vista Audubon Society, in conjunction with the Muramid Museum in Oceanside, is seeking artists from age 7-14 to help  create a nature themed banner for the BVAS Nature Center. This collaborative banner will be designed and painted on August 5, 2017, from 10:00-3:00 at the BVAS Nature Center.  All participants will have a hand in the…

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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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ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY OPEN HOUSE

Celebrate Endangered Species Day Open House at the Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center Saturday, May 20, from 10 AM-2 PM.  Free! Learn what you can do to protect your local endangered species through fun activities for the entire family! Visit with hawks and falcons (until 1:00) and local snakes and lizards! Dip into the lagoon…

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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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Songs in the Air

I’m walking with the dog shortly before sunrise one spring morning, heading down the riparian path.  It’s a peaceful time for us humans and canines.  But once I shift my awareness, I can hear the air crackling with communications.  “Chup-ZEEEEE (Spotted Towhee). TEEKTEEKTEEK eek-eek-eek-eek-eek-eek  (California Towhee). WITCHity-WITCHity-WITCHity  (Common Yellowthroat)  oo-AH-ooooo-oo-oo  (Mourning Dove). Sis-SEE sit-SEEW sis-SEE…

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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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