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.


The Nature Center is now open!!

Buena Vista Audubon is excited to announce that the Nature Center is currently open!! We are now open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.. Come and enjoy the main room of the Nature Center, with newly arranged exhibits and new informational posters to enhance your visit.

California State COVID guidelines will be carefully followed. Please be sure to wear your mask indoors. No restroom facilities or drinking fountains will be available until further notice. We encourage you to visit the beautiful outdoor spaces and Lagoon Trail, where you’ll find a new loop that takes you through coast live oaks.

Important Upcoming Events

Birding the Yucatan with BVAS! SOLD OUT!!


Coexisting with Local Wildlife, with Carly Padilla, San Diego Humane Society

Biological hotspot that we are, San Diego County has a plethora of wildlife to boast about. About 500 species of birds live, migrate through, or drop in each year. And then there are the mammals, reptiles, roughly a gazillion insects...you get the idea.With all the different habitats and open corridors, we come across wildlife on a daily basis. Many wild animals have adapted to our urban environments, but our interactions with them can have unfortunate results. That’s where Project Wildlife and Education Specialist Carly Padilla comes in.

Join Carly as she discusses ways we can coexist with our native wildlife, things we can do to help, and ways to gently encourage their departure if they have assumed unwelcome residence. Our wildlife is essential to our ecosystems. Let’s learn ways to coexist so that they will thrive, now and in the future.

Carly Padilla grew up locally, earned a zoology degree from the University of Hawaii, and has worked with animals and conservation projects ever since. From exotics to natives, Carly’s experience is critter-rich; and her presentation, filled with vivid description, timely advice, and engaging anecdotes guaranteed to make June’s speaker memorable. 

We hope to see you (virtually) on Wednesday, June 16.  Social is at 6:45 p.m. and Program starts at 7:00 p.m. Please see the Summer newsletter for more  information.


Select bird outings have resumed

Most of our birding options resumed 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 Summer Newsletter for more information.

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.

Dr Duck Fundraiser

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



Tuesday 10 am-1 pm
Wednesday 10 am-1 pm
Thursday 10 am-1 pm
Friday 10 am-1 pm
Saturday 10 am-1 pm

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