2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Our Mission is: Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

A San Diego County Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Upcoming Special Events:

Calling all BVAS Members: The election of the BVAS Board of Directors will take place June 19th at 6:45pm (please arrive by 6:30) before our June General Meeting! This is your chance to use your voting power as a BVAS member. After the vote there will be a film showing by Filmmaker Maya Khosla.

BVAS Galapagos Islands Trip - Join BVAS July 24th - August 3rd, 2019, for an excursion to the Galapagos Islands (organized by Holbrook Travel). For complete itinerary and more information please see the flyer.

San Diego Audubon has a new volunteer Outdoor Education Docent training and certification program at Anstine Nature Preserve in Vista. For details & to apply.

Nature Center News

Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire: With Filmmaker Maya Khosla! Join us for our Monthly General Meeting for a film showing of this chronicle of the remarkable return of life in forests after wildfire, following teams of researchers and first responders through the Sierra Nevada, Cascade Mountains, and beyond. Creator Maya Khosla reminds us that fire is an “ancient force” and that “out of the transformed backcountry rises a whole new world.” Wednesday June 19th, Social 6:30, Program 7pm

Thank you to all those who helped support this year's Endangered Species Day! It was a wonderful time, see some highlight photos here!

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 new online payment portal: https://bvaudubon.org/donate/.

BVAS wishes to  thank graphic artist & website designer extraordinaire, JJ Springer, who volunteered many hours of her time and expertise designing & implementing our online donation system.  JJ has also volunteered her time since 2015 designing and managing our website. A huge thank you to this amazing volunteer! For more information on JJ, please see the links at the bottom of this webpage.

Interested in doing some Birding? Check out this article for a list of our monthly birding events, learn more about our feathery winter visitors and see them featured in some stellar photos. Up to date birding information can also be found on our calendar of events.

Preschool Story Time: 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

Help protect Lake Hodges' Grebes! - The Grebes of Lake Hodges lay their eggs in nests among partially submerged sticks in the lake. The nests' and eggs' survival are sensitive to water level rise & fall.  The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) controls the water level at Lake Hodges. Please call the SDCWA & the Dept of Fish & Wildlife and tell them to refrain from lower lake water levels until after the Grebe's have hatched their eggs!
Contact information:
USFWS San Diego Field Office (619) 557-5063
CDFW Southern District Office Information (562) 598-1032 / (858) 467-4201

BVAS Supports the Saltwater Alternative - Click here to read about why Buena Vista Audubon Society supports the Saltwater Alternative for Buena Vista Lagoon and why it is the best option!  WHAT YOU CAN DO.

Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration: SANDAG has postponed the final vote until May2019.  The Final EIR, its corresponding comments, and comments received after the close of the public review period have been posted to KeepSanDiegoMoving.com. Please continue to let your SANDAG Board reps know that the saltwater alternative is the only scientifically and fiscally solid (click here for costs report) alternative for the lagoon.



Monthly Bird Walks

Please consult the Calendar of Events and most recent Newsletter for additional walks, special birding events, and/or changes to the regular schedule

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 expirinced birders alike!

Steve's Suprise 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.

Pelagic Birding: Hosted by SD Pelagics, May 12th, June 9th, August 18th, Sept 22nd, Oct. 13th. For pricing and details see http://sandiegopelagics.com/

The Nature Center

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.

Educational Events

Learn about nature while having fun. Buena Vista Audubon offers free nature education programs and activities almost every week of the year.

Get Involved

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.

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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