2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Ridgways Rail Release Updates from October 2016

Back in October, two more Ridgways Rails were released from the Buena Vista Audubon trail. Our team of monitors kept tabs on them for about three weeks. About 10 days into the monitoring, the Rails appeared to be stationary; i.e., there was no change in location as measured by the radio transceiver. Monitoring continued for…

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Interactive BV Lagoon Trail Map Available

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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Christmas Bird Count Friday, December 30

Calling all birders for the 2016 Christmas Bird Count! All levels of birders welcome! For the Oceanside CBC (which includes the Buena Vista Lagoon, Whelan Lake, Anstine Nature Preserve, Oceanside Harbor, among other locations), please contact organizer Jane Mygatt: janemygatt@me.com  who will assign you to a group leader who will fill you in on when…

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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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Buena Vista Audubon participates in Brown Pelican roost survey

BVAS Team Participates in October Pelican Survey by Andy Mauro Following the ban of DDT in 1972, Brown Pelican populations rebounded to the point where the species was taken off the Endangered Species List in 2009.  Since that delisting, however, there has been a disturbing downward trend in population.  In recent years, pelican productivity has…

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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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