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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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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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