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Birding In October

Pelagic birding offers an exciting way to observe seabirds that rarely make an appearance on land. Seabirds are unique in that they spend most of their lives on the open ocean, only coming on land to nest. Seabirds live in three worlds; the air, on land, and in the water; not only must they be…

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Raise the Roof for the Raptor Institute!

Many people enjoy visiting with live raptors at our annual Endangered Species Day and Nature Camp. The non-profit that brings these animal ambassadors, the Raptor Institute, is holding an important fundraiser to help in expanding their facilities and being able to house more non-releasable raptors to be used for education.  To be part of this…

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The Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

Become a Nature Detective through this two-day wildlife tracking workshop! Learn basic track and sign identification, avoid the pitfalls of perception, learn how to distinguish between mountain lion and domestic dog tracks (which are confused more often than not), and more. The course is a collaboration with San Diego Audubon, and will be taught by…

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Western Scrub-Jay Species Split by AOU

Birders have been known to keep all sorts of birding lists—species ever seen; those seen this year; seen in this state, this county, this park, this yard—even lists such as “birds I’ve ID’d on television,” “birds I’ve seen on a wire,” or “birds I’ve found dead in my yard.”  (Some birders are darker than others.)…

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Monthly Program and General Meeting: California’s Threatened Woodpeckers & their Habitats, presented by Steve Shunk

Join us for our monthly meeting and program at the BVAS Nature Center  September 21, Wednesday: this month’s program will feature Steve Shunk, who will delve into the amazing world of California’s woodpeckers, their crucial role in the ecosystems, and their habitats. Social starts at 6:30 and program is at 7:00. For more information, please…

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Pelagic Birding Trip coming up soon!!!

Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the beauty of ocean birding-BVAS has a pelagic trip planned for September 25 and as usual, it will be a full day of spectacular sights, from sea mammals to birds. LIKELY BIRD SPECIES: Pink-footed, Sooty, & Black-vented Shearwaters, Black & Least Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked & Red Phalaropes, Pomarine…

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California Gnatcatcher protections remain!!

Breaking news!! The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ruled today that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is to remain protected-a clear win over southern California developers’ attempts to remove this bird (and thus its associated coastal sage scrub habitat) from the protections of the Endangered Species Act.  More details can be found on California Audubon’s website.

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Woodpeckers, Cavities, and Snags: Changing a Stubborn Paradigm

Most woodpeckers excavate their own nest and roost cavities, and most do so each breeding season. Where woodpeckers live, the abundance of cavities increases each year, and, more than 40 other North American bird species—not including the woodpeckers themselves—exploit this abundance for their own nests. Cavity excavation is their “signature behavior” elevating the woodpeckers’ ecological…

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Ridgway’s Rail Surveying Project Updates and Conclusion

On the evening of August 14, the signal from Rail #3 was no longer heard. The survey was thus concluded. While we had now lost touch with all of our three Rails, our surveying helped demonstrate that the Buena Vista Lagoon provides the Ridgway’s rail’s basic needs for foraging opportunities and shelter.  We also believe that the…

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