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.

Buena Vista Audubon Trail Guide

BVAS has a new self guided tour highlighting the plants found along our trail available in both English & Spanish!


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:                                    


Password: 3s@wwvKb

 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.

COVID-19 Updates

Buena Vista Audubon Society is cancelling all its programs & closing the Nature Center until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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.


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: offices@trnamasca.com. Some people receive an email with the subject: Pastel Artists of Hawaii with the return path of reference@trnamasca.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.


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!


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/.

Interested in Birding?

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.



Kids (ages 3-5) are invited to join us at the Nature Center for story time every 4th Monday of the month at 10am.


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

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

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 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.

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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