OUR MISSION: Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

A San Diego County Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Free the Lagoon!

Support The Saltwater Alternative


This year Buena Vista Audubon Society is going “virtual” for its Earth Day celebration and extending it from April 1 to April 22. BVAS will highlight ways we can all better preserve and appreciate our natural world through Facebook posts (search for Buena Vista Audubon on FB) & on our website at the Earth Day 2020 Header above.

Please visit these sites and share them with friends and family members.  Enjoy learning about our native plants & animals & explore some fun nature-related activities and games with your family!

great horned owl steve brad

Buena Vista Audubon Society is cancelling all its programs & closing the Nature Center through at least April 30 to prevent spread of the coronavirus. The health and safety of all of you takes precedence. We will evaluate the situation at the end of April and give updates. ALL BIRD WALKS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Our nature trail will stay open and we hope that you will enjoy our new boardwalk nature trail and fixed up trail! 

We hope you can go out with your binoculars and explore on your own. Take photos of birds and nature and share them with us on Facebook. Lots of birds are pairing-up and building nests, and observing nature is the most uplifting activity in these uncertain times. Be well & take care until we can meet together again.


2020 Bylaws Update

The Board of Directors has updated and amended the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Bylaws.  Check the BVAS website for more information   At the general membership meeting on June 17, 2020, we will discuss and vote on these updates.  If you’d like to read a copy of the proposed Bylaws with the deletions redlined and the proposed text in red font, click here.  If you’d just like to read the proposed Bylaws without all of the changes noted, click here instead.

The Buena Vista Lagoon trail is still open!!!! Please enjoy its fresh new look, and of course, practice social distancing....Click below to see some photos of the trail & boardwalk, or better yet -- come take a walk to see the trail improvements for yourself!


THANK YOU - To all the hard work & effort of Steve Brad. This year his Birdathon fundraiser counted its way to raising $5,000. We extend our deepest-thanks and greatest-gratitude to Steve, as well as to all of those who donated. 100% of these donations go to support our programs and to keep the Nature Center up and running. Thanks Steve!


BVAS now accepts online donations & membership!

You can now become a BVAS member, or renew your membership, and support the Nature Center by giving on-the-go or from the conform of your home by visiting our new online payment portal: https://bvaudubon.org/donate/.

BVAS wishes to  thank graphic artist & website designer extraordinaire, JJ Springer, who volunteered many hours of her time and expertise designing & implementing our online donation system.  JJ has also volunteered her time since 2015 designing and managing our website. A huge thank you to this amazing volunteer! For more information on JJ, please see the links at the bottom of this webpage.

Interested in Birding?

BVAS offers seven monthly bird walks throughout the year and 5 pelagic bird trips during Spring and Fall migration. We host the Oceanside-Vista-Carlsbad Christmas Bird Count and our volunteer birders participate in the biannual Pacific Brown Pelican Survey.



Kids (ages 3-5) are invited to join us at the Nature Center for story time every 4th Monday of the month at 10am.


BVAS Supports the Saltwater Alternative 

Click here to read about why Buena Vista Audubon Society supports the Saltwater Alternative for Buena Vista Lagoon and why it is the best option!  WHAT YOU CAN DO.

Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration

Read about SANDAG's updated plan for Buena Vista Lagoon in this article from the Coast News.

Read more from the LA Times about California's forest thinning policy and whether or not it is actually effective. It is an in depth look at what all of the money California has spent has gone and what it has gotten us.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick and Georgetown Environment Initiative

Please consult the Calendar of Events and most recent Newsletter for additional walks, special birding events, and/or changes to the regular schedule

Leo Carrillo Bird Walk

1st Thursday of every month:

Walk and survey along the trails of the historic Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad.

Whalen Lake Bird Walk

1st Saturday of every month:

Walk and bird survey at this beautiful sanctuary for resident and migratory waterfowl in Oceanside.

El Corazon Garrison Creek Walk

2nd Wednesday of every month:

Walk and survey along El Corazon’s Garrison Creek Trail in Oceanside.

San Dieguito River Bird Walk

3rd Saturday of every month:

Walk and survey many waterfowl and shorebirds in North County’s coastal wetlands.

Coastal 101 Birding Loop

4th Saturday of every month:

Visit Maxton Brown Park, walk to the ocean and weir, and return to the BVAS Nature Center along Coast Highway in Oceanside. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

Steve's Surprise Walks

Join Steve Brad for this variable location bird walk. Where we go is based on recent reports and Steve’s personal surveying. Please contact Steve to be included on the email list for this walk.

Pelagic Birding:

Hosted by SD Pelagics, May 12th, June 9th, August 18th, Sept 22nd, Oct. 13th. For pricing and details see http://sandiegopelagics.com/

The Nature Center

Discover Buena Vista Lagoon's hidden treasures through our Nature Center's interpretive displays, highlighting our local flora, fauna, and habitats. Take a walk by the lagoon to explore the plant communities that comprise a coastal lagoon.

Educational Events

Learn about nature while having fun. Buena Vista Audubon offers free nature education programs and activities almost every week of the year.

Get Involved

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Buena Vista Audubon. Whatever your natural interests or talents, you can play an important role in helping people appreciate the beauty and importance of the natural world.

Make a Difference!

Did you know that the majority of our programs, including tours of our nature center, are free? We are able to offer free programs because of our dedicated volunteers and members, who understand and appreciate the importance that nature plays in our quality of life! As a BVAS member, you will receive the chapter newsletter, be invited to special events just for Members, and know that you are making a difference in the world. The BVAS Nature Center and its educational programs will receive 100% of your contribution.

Our Mission

Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

Nature Center

2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



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Tuesday 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday 10 am-4 pm
Thursday 10 am-4 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm

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