2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

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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Bringing Back the Ridgway’s Rail-and its Habitat

Call someone “thin as a rail” and what are you really saying? Thin as a bed rail?  As a train rail?  A chair rail? None of the above, actually.  The phrase refers to a family of birds called “rails” that tend to frequent marshes. One rail local to San Diego County has gained modest renown…

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Water-Wise BVAS in the Community

You don’t usually hear about biology and car-engine oil changes in the same article. Members of the BVAS Garden Club and the Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee united to transform the side yard of the Econo Lube N Tune on Vista Way and Coast Highway.  Last year, BVAS hosted a class on how to create…

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Monthly Meeting and Program: “Breaking Point”

Wednesday, January 18th 6:30 Social; 7:00 Program Join us for our monthly meeting and program at the BVAS Nature Center: this month’s program will feature the Salton Sea, with the film “Breaking Point” with director Bill Wisneski.  A casualty of the “water wars” in the Southwest, California’s largest lake is disappearing. The receding Salton Sea…

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Build a Bird or Bee House!

Join our first ever workshop to create your own bird or bee house. Keep or donate your masterpiece to the Annual Birdhouse Auction in March. Who: Teens and adults (ages 12 and up). When: Saturday, January 21st, 10:00-2:00. Where: Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center Materials fee: $8.00. To reserve your place, call the nature center…

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