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.


Important Upcoming Events

At Wednesday's meeting, BVAS will read a shortened version of our new land acknowledgment statement. The longer version can be found here.  A land acknowledgement offers recognition of and respect for the indigenous people of a place, honoring their unique and enduring relationship with the land.  An acknowledgement helps to create a broader public awareness of the history that has led to this moment and this place as well as to inspire ongoing action and relationships with the indigenous communities.

The Wonderful Life of a Dying Tree with Gillian Martin

You are unlikely to view dead trees the same way again after Gillian Martin passionately and persuasively illustrates their contribution to the diversity and sustainability of forests. Snags are particularly vital for birds that nest in cavities in their trunks or limbs. Over 80 species of cavity-nesting birds are found in North America, including 11 ducks, 22 woodpeckers, 40 songbirds, 10 owls, and 2 falcons. Dead trees are valuable not just to birds but to other vertebrates. In California, about 35 species of mammals—including raccoons, squirrels, foxes, and bats—use dead trees and downed wood for habitation. Gillian is a 20-year Audubon member, naturalist, and founder of the Cavity Conservation Initiative. Its mission is to support wildlife that rely on dead trees. She is also the co-founder of the Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife Program. “Dead trees need ambassadors now more than ever.” Join us as Gillian illustrates the importance of dying trees to the ecosystems they support. Wednesday April 21st, Please see the April Newsletter for more information.

Select Bird Walks Resuming in April

Most of our birding options will resume 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 April Newsletter for more information.

Birding the Yucatan with BVAS!

October 5th-15th 2021 - Pack your binoculars and embark on an intense birding adventure to the environmentally diverse Yucatán Peninsula. Witness native birds soar above the stunning ruins of Hochob, Becán, Chacchoben, Uxmal, and other archaeological sites on this journey through the Maya world. Hosted by Holbrook Travel  More details available here or on Holbrook Travel's page for the trip

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.

This past program we were treated to a wonderful talk by Michael Wilken-Robertson about Kumeyaay Ethnobotany.

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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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

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