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.


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!!

Because of the rise in COVID cases with the Omicron variant,  BVAS is re-instating the mask-wearing requirement for visitors inside our nature center, regardless of vaccination status.

We also encourage you to visit the beautiful native garden and Lagoon Trail, where you’ll find a new loop that takes you through coast live oaks.

Important Upcoming Events

Planting for Birds—Using Native California Plants to Create Habitat at Home, with Scot Pipkin

Plants are the foundation of most ecosystems on earth. If we want to create rich, diverse, and resilient habitats in our yards and communities, we must start with the appropriate plants. One of the best indicators of a successful habitat garden is the bird life it attracts. In this program, we will look at the important role native plants play in providing our local birds with the food, shelter, and nesting materials necessary for survival. We'll take a closer look at your habitat goals and identify specific California native plants that can help you maintain bird-friendly habitat year-round.

Join us for an interesting talk, and make your garden come alive with wildlife!

Wednesday, January 19 Social time: 6:45 p.m. Program (see below) begins: 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Bob Crowell at bva3ruddyducks@att.net if you would like to join us on Zoom. Your invitation will be emailed to you the day of the lecture.



Embark on a comprehensive excursion perfect for avid birders wishing to add to their life list. You’ll be rewarded with ample opportunities to seek out some of the hundreds of avian species that call Costa Rica home. Visit hotspots encompassing a variety of habitats—such as Caribbean lowlands, premontane forest, tropical dry forest, mangroves, páramo, and more—during hikes, boat rides, and a hanging bridge canopy tour. Accompanied by one of our expert Costa Rican birding guides, you'll look for sought-after residents and migrant species and experience the breadth and depth of the country's diverse natural beauty.
Land Cost $2,910 per person, does not include round-trip airfare to and from destination. Single room supplement $290.
For more information, visit holbrooktravel.com or contact Stan Walens (stan.walens@gmail.com).

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.

We want to hear from the public concerning what you envision at the project site. The City will host two public workshops to advertise the project’s features and benefits to the community. At the first workshop, the public can provide input on the goals, objectives, and constraints of the preferred restoration design and recreational opportunities for the project site. The City will host a follow up workshop in Summer 2022 following the completion of technical studies and design based on feedback from the first workshop. If you have input, please submit your comments through this  online survey. The first public workshop will be a virtual presentation on January 27, 2022 from 4pm to 6pm; more details will follow.

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

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

We have had some wonderful presentations at our virtual monthly program. For those of you unable to attend the full sessions or for those of you who want to see any of them again please visit our Series Archive which can also be found under the 'Events' tab of the menu. We will continue to post our recordings there. STAY TUNED FOR OUR JANUARY, 2022 PROGRAM!

Select Birding Outings have resumed

Most of our birding options resumed in April since several leaders have been fully vaccinated for COVID 19. Be aware that since not everyone is vaccinated, social distancing and masks will be required. Please see the Events Calendar or Summer Newsletter for more information.


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



Tuesday 10 am-1 pm
Wednesday 10 am-1 pm
Thursday 10 am-1 pm
Friday 10 am-1 pm
Saturday 10 am-1 pm

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