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

Bucket List Birding in Peru with Gunnar Engblom Wednesday, September 21

Social: 6:45 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m.

Have you dreamed of going to Peru? Or perhaps traveling there is out of reach and you would like to live vicariously? Either way, this presentation is for you! Peru has a very diverse landscape, with habitats ranging from the arid plains in the west, to the Andes Mountains, to the tropical Amazon rainforest.

Due to so much variety in geography and climate, Peru is considered a “megadiverse” country. There are 500 mammal species, and 1870 bird species (including 120 endemics), which can seem quite overwhelming for all but the most hardcore birders. Instead, our presenter, Gunnar Engblom, will break this down for us and show us the highlights by sharing his favorite birds of Peru along with the geography, culture, food, and natural history of this beautiful country.

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?

We have had some wonderful presentations at our virtual monthly program and provide recordings of these programs in our Series Archive which can also be found under the 'Events' tab of the menu.

Buena Vista’s Sale and Auction Returns!

Save the date!

The BVAS Birdhouse and Nature Art Auction returns October 15, 4:00-7:00 p.m.  For your $15 donation you can visit with friends, enjoy snacks and drinks, bid on unique art, and listen to music by MandoBasso.

Some tables will be set up outside for those who prefer to avoid indoor settings.   Parking is limited.  Please consider car pooling or parking on side streets and walking to the Nature Center.

Please drop off any art or birdhouse donations September 10 to October 5, between 10-1, when the Center is open.   Don’t forget to fill out a form with all your item’s information.   Thank you for your support!

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.

Restoration of the Wetlands Reserve begins!

BVAS has been awarded a grant to begin restoration of the Wetlands Reserve! Please see the press release about the grant.  BVAS's portion of the grant will go towards funding baseline studies, surveys, and a conceptual plan for the Wetlands Reserve. These efforts will set the stage for the next steps in the restoration. For more information on the Wetlands Reserve, please see this webpage.  Stay tuned as we begin this important work!

Note on Events, Birding Tours, and other Activities

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

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.

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

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.

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, and to seek community input on the final restoration vision. However, due to the recent rise in Coivd-19 cases the first outreach event consisted of an online digital presentation for the community to access at any time throughout the duration of the project. The informational video will provide details to the public about the goals, objectives, and constraints of the preferred restoration design and recreational opportunities for the project site.

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

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


Birding the Chocó-Andes Region: Western and Eastern Slopes of Ecuador
10 DAYS | October 16-25, 2022
$3,295 per person plus airfare, based on 8 participants. Info/Register: http://holbrook.travel/buenavista-ec22


Select Birding Outings have resumed

Most of our birding options have resumed. Be aware that since not everyone is vaccinated, social distancing and masks will be required. Please see the most current 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



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