2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

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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BVAS Costa Rica Bird Trip January 2017

This January, 14 people joined the first BVAS Costa Rica Bird Tour. Armed with note pads, Bird lists, binoculars, scope, sun screen and a great guide, we spent 10 days visiting critical birding “hot spots” in Costa Rica.  Overall, we managed to spot over 280 bird species, including resident, migratory and endemic species. That’s almost…

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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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SEVENTH ANNUAL BIRD HOUSE AUCTION FUNDRAISER & OPEN HOUSE

SEVENTH ANNUAL BIRD HOUSE AUCTION FUNDRAISER & OPEN HOUSE!!! SATURDAY, MAR 18, 2017 5:00-8:00 PM @ Buena Vista Audubon Society (2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside) Silent auction of unique, handcrafted bird houses, feeders and bat-houses Hosted bar with specialty beers from Stone Brewing Co. Live music by “The Endangered Speciez Project” Wine, cheese and other…

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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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