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.


Whelan Lake news

The Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary has a new website! Enjoy!

Monthly Program for February: Sea Turtles of California,  with Jeffrey Seminoff

Wednesday, February 21

Social: 6:45 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m.

The fact that there are thriving sea turtle populations along California’s coast is one of our state’s best-kept biodiversity secrets.  Join Dr. Jeffrey Seminoff as he explores the ecology and conservation of California’s sea turtles, blending natural history stories with knowledge from recent field research efforts throughout the state. Dr. Seminoff is the leader of the Marine Turtle Ecology & Assessment Program at the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. Since 1992, he has been involved in ecological research and conservation of sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean. He is Past President of the International Sea Turtle Society and hosted the 31st International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in San Diego. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, and National Geographic.

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.

March Raffle Drawing for 2 tickets to SD Zoo/Safari Park! Details in flyer.



Join us for March Movie Night and raffle drawing! Details in flyer.


BVAS thanks the City of Carlsbad Agricultural Conversion Mitigation Fee Program Grant, allowing us to engage in important nature center improvement projects. This grant funds four projects: 1) installing a wall-mounted energy efficient heating/cooling system in our library/meeting room; 2) painting the auditorium; 3) installing a sliding door between the library/meeting room and the rest of the nature center to manage acoustic issues; and 4) Replacing old, improperly functioning and energy-intensive florescent lighting with LED hanging lights. We have completed the painting, sliding door, and heating/cooling system projects; the last project will begin soon. Please come by and see how great it looks! And we would like to note that the sliding “barn door” was installed by our volunteer team of Julie and Paul Brown, Sally and John Bickerton, and Joan and Kevin Bockman. We appreciate our volunteers!!!

The final results for the December, 2023 Oceanside Christmas Bird Count have been compiled!

Many thanks to the 109 participants who gave their time, skill, and effort in recording a total of 193 species! This was above this circle’s 20-year average of 184 species, but below the record of 198 species documented in 2011.

Rarities that were documented for this year’s count day included Greater White-fronted Goose (Omni La Costa Resort), White-winged Dove (Cannon Rd. Pond), Solitary Sandpiper (Whelan Lake), Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Batiquitos Lagoon), Western Flycatcher (Whelan Lake), Cassin’s Vireo (Cannon Rd. Pond), Plumbeous Vireo (Whelan Lake, Walnut Grove Park), Purple Finch and Red Crossbill (South Carlsbad residential), Clay-colored Sparrow (North Carlsbad residential), Vesper Sparrow (Calavera Reserve Trails), Hooded Oriole (Omni La Costa Resort), Bullock’s Oriole (Mira Costa Community College), Black-and-white Warbler (Batiquitos Lagoon), Tennessee Warbler (Faraday Business Park area, Carlsbad), Nashville Warbler (Georgina Cole Library), Yellow Warbler (Faraday Business Park area, Carlsbad), Chestnut-sided Warbler (Hosp Grove), Hermit Warbler (Carlsbad residential), Wilson’s Warbler (Aviara Golf Resort, Whelan Lake, Hosp Grove), Summer Tanager (South Carlsbad residential), Western Tanager (Guajome Regional Park, South Oceanside residential), and Blackheaded Grosbeak (South Carlsbad residential). Our Seawatch team saw Ancient Murrelet, Long-tailed Duck, and Sooty Shearwater. With extra effort, two Loggerhead Shrikes were seen on Camp Pendleton in addition to a Cactus Wren. Count week rarities included Laughing Gull, Zone-tailed Hawk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-winged Scoter, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Lucy's Warbler, Horned Lark, and Golden-crowned Kinglet. A huge thank you to Buena Vista Audubon Society for hosting the gathering and providing lunch!

Sincere thanks also to Paul Lehman for conducting the compilation meeting and for Patti Langen for leading the Oceanside Christmas Bird Count.


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.

Preserve Calavera and Dorrance Family Foundation fund the next Phase of the Wetlands Reserve Restoration Project

BVAS is grateful to the Dorrance Family Foundation and Preserve Calavera's Oceanside Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Fund for funding Phase 2 of the Wetlands Reserve Restoration Project. For more information.


Important Updates on the BVAS Wetlands Restoration Project!!

BVAS is now working on the next steps in this important project: the 65% design, permitting, and CEQA. In 2022, we finished our 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 was the 30% design, a conceptual map based on the studies and surveys conducted on the project site.  In early 2024, BVAS will conduct permitting and CEQA activities. For more information, please see this link or contact Natalie Shapiro at buenavistanature@gmail.com.

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 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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