OUR MISSION: Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
A San Diego County Chapter of the National Audubon Society
IMPORTANT BVAS UPDATES
Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration Update
On May 22, 2020, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) approved a project for restoring the Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside, CA. This is a historic event, an almost 20-year effort in the making. The stakeholders ultimately agreed on a modified saltwater alternative, which keeps a portion of the lagoon (a small basin owned by the homeowners) intact as a freshwater system, with ocean saltwater bypassing this portion. The weir will be removed and the lagoon dredged and engineered to allow tidal flushing of ocean water. To read Buena Vista Audubon Society's statement on this significant moment please either read on the website here or download the PDF.
Did you miss your ZOOM Springtime Journey to ICELAND AND ARCTIC NORWAY
Buena Vista Audubon Society’s presentation by bird photographer Neil Solomon on Wednesday, June 17th?
If you missed the lecture, which included many photos highlighting Norway’s Ruff in various plumage, along with the splendor of another world, or would just like to experience it again, here is your opportunity. The show begins about 3 minutes into the presentation. It does not include Mr. Solomon’s introduction, however, does start with the first slide.
Just log onto:
We sincerely hope you enjoy our first ZOOM lecture, be it for the first time or an encore, and we look forward to all of us being together soon,
Buena Vista Audubon Society
This year Buena Vista Audubon Society went “virtual” for both Earth Day and Endangered Species Day. These events have passed, but still are accessible by using the menu at the top of this page. You can learn about native plants & animals, including endangered and threatened ones, that live in and around Buena Vista Lagoon and San Diego County. Also enjoy some fun nature-related activities and games that you can share with your family.
All of our Earth Day and Endangered Species Day posts can also be found on our Facebook page.
Buena Vista Audubon Society is cancelling all its programs & closing the Nature Center until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
ALL BIRD WALKS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Our nature trail is open and to help maintain safe social distancing, we ask that you use the trail in a clockwise-fashion as parts of the trail are too narrow to keep at a safe distance from others.
There are other opportunities for enjoying nature through our neighborhoods and along the coast. 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. Nature is exploding with activity, color, and fragrance. Enjoy!!! Be well & take care until we can meet together again.
IMPORTANT SCAM ALERT!!!
A scam is circulating among our emails. People are receiving an email request for gift cards. BEWARE! it is a scam. Please know that BVAS, board members, and volunteers will NEVER solicit appeals via personal emails or texts. This scam has this phishing address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Some people receive an email with the subject: Pastel Artists of Hawaii with the return path of email@example.com. Do not reply if your receive this email and do not click on any links in the messages! This is a phishing scam. Be wary of scams that are flooding our inboxes.
2020 Bylaws Update
The Board of Directors has updated and amended the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Bylaws. The annual general membership meeting, usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of June, had to be canceled due to County public health restrictions. However, at the next in-person general membership meeting (whenever that might be able to happen), we will discuss and vote on these updates. We will notify members 30-50 days in advance, once we can schedule that meeting. Watch the website for further updates too. 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.
NATURE CENTER NEWS
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!
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 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.
Preschool Story Time: CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Kids (ages 3-5) are invited to join us at the Nature Center for story time every 4th Monday of the month at 10am.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION NEWS
BVAS Supports the Saltwater Alternative
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
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.
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.
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.
Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049
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