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

A San Diego County Chapter of the National Audubon Society

We are listening and learning.

"There's a quiet privilege to forgetting history. There’s also a sin in omitting it. We forge stronger ties to our public lands by knowing them from their inception." On Juneteenth, read writer and ecologist Dr. J. Drew Lanham's reflection on the steps we can take to make public lands an even more inclusive ideal.


Monthly Program

There’s a Marmot in my Pack with Ernie Cowan

Wednesday, January 18; Social: 6:45 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m.

Join us via Zoom to relive the adventures and wildlife encounters of noted photographer, lecturer, instructor, and author, Ernie Cowan. For six years, Ernie wrote the
monthly Backyard Birdwatching column for the San Diego Union-Tribune and currently writes a twice-monthly Nature and Outdoors column for the newspaper. He is the author of two books, the latest being There’s a Marmot in My Pack, a collection of mysteries and adventures from 30 years as an outdoor writer. Ernie began his photography career as a journalist; has operated a photography studio; was a photography instructor at Palomar College; and has led tours to the Eastern Sierras, Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Japan, and Hong Kong, in addition to many tours in the Southwest. Ernie is the former Mayor of Escondido, but his love of the outdoors has been his life-long passion. Take a virtual walk down memory lane with Ernie, as he relives his adventures through stories and photographs, from the Anza-Borrego Desert to the frozen Arctic, the Everglades of Florida to the Eastern High Sierras, and everything in between. It is sure to be a night to remember!

Please RSVP to Bob Crowell at bva3ruddyducks@att.net if you would like to join us on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to you on the day of the lecture.

Have you missed a Monthly Program, or Want to Watch it Again?

Please see Zoom Lecture Series for past lectures (just one month past).

Did you know BVAS has its own youtube channel? Here, you can view past monthly programs, and San Diego County birds, plants and animals around the Buena Vista Lagoon. The link for our youtube channel is found at  https://www.youtube.com/@buenavistaaudubon6787, or go to youtube.com and do a search on Buena Vista Audubon.

Kids' Clubhouse is Back!!!

The kids’ clubhouse program is back with a new look! Nature Guide, Liz Black, along with her two crafty daughters, Phoebe and Sonya, will host a fun-filled nature-based activity. Join them at the Nature Center on the second Sunday of each month from 10:00-noon. The family tortoise, Frodo, will make occasional appearances as well. Please bring your elementary-aged children and grandchildren to the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center and enjoy these activities for free. Remember, masks are still required indoors at the Nature Center.

The Nature Center is now open!!

Our Nature Center is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Come and enjoy our new exhibits and new look!! We have a shortage of Nature Center hosts right now, so best to call before visiting the Nature Center to ensure we are open. However, our beautiful native garden and Lagoon Trail are always open! You will also find a new loop that takes you through coast live oaks.


New! Costa Rica | Birder’s Paradise: Savegre, Sarapiquí, Arenal, and Carara

May 5, 2023 - May 15, 2023

$3,350 per person plus airfare, based on eight participants.

For details check the website or contact: Stan Walens stan.walens@gmail.com or debbie@holbrooktravel.com

Note on Events, Birding Tours, and other Activities

Please see our newsletters for the most current information and calendar on these activities.


Important Updates!!

BVAS has finished its first year of designing the restoration of the Wetlands Reserve, culminating in an open house December 1 to share the results and preliminary conceptual plan with the public. This powerpoint presentation describes the project and proposed preliminary plan. The conceptual plan map is on display at the Nature Center; please come on in and view this map and give your input. For more information: buenavistaature@gmail.com. Thank you to the Dorrance Family Foundation for funding this important work.

BVAS received media on our Wetlands Reserve Restoration Project: Channel 8 and San Diego Union Tribune.

Birdhouse Auction-Fabulous Event!!!

Thank you to everyone who made our 2022 Birdhouse Auction party a fabulous event! Old and new friends gathered together after a 3-year hiatus; we enjoyed the music of MandoBasso (to follow this amazing duo of Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin: https://mandobasso.com/  ), engaged in friendly competition over the silent and live auction items, filled our bellies with good food and drink, and supported BVAS's nature center and programs in the process. Enjoy these photos from the auction!

Thank you to the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians generously awarded BVAS a $2,500 grant to support our nature center and programs. BVAS appreciates the support, which will help with our efforts to enhance our exhibits and nature center experience.

Help Save Oceanside's Farmland in South Morro Hills!

The city of Oceanside is in the process of updating its General Plan, and preparing a community plan for the South Morro Hills agricultural area- the South Morro Hills Community Plan (SMHCP). While it says its primary goal is to preserve agricultural land, it allows thousands of housing units.  That is not farmland preservation, it is more sprawl development that we all pay for.  We pay for it with more traffic congestion, air pollution, and higher costs for public infrastructure of roads, and water and sewers. What you can do.



BVAS and the Buena Vista Creek restoration project: we want your input!!!

Buena Vista Audubon Society is partnering with the City of Oceanside and Dudek to help restore a section of Buena Vista Creek near Lake Blvd and Thunder Dr. The City was awarded a $275,800 grant from the California Department of Water Resources in 2020 to plan and design a restoration project for this heavily urbanized and degraded section of creek. This stretch of creek has been marred by stream bank erosion, overgrown areas, and trash and pollution from illegal encampments. The grant will fund planning, design, and community engagement activities. These activities include engineering a design for stream bank stabilization and riparian vegetation restoration, creating plans for public access opportunities, and community outreach.

The City will host  follow up workshop (in-person or virtual) in 2023 following the completion of technical studies and design based on feedback from the first presentation (from 2022).

For more information on the project, and to see the video, please go to: https://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/water/services_programs/clean/default.asp


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 online payment portal: https://bvaudubon.org/donate/.

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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