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2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

OUR MISSION: Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

A San Diego County Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Free the Lagoon!

Support The Saltwater Alternative


Our massive weed removal on the Mauro Preserve is now complete! The first step towards restoring our 31-acre Preserve to coastal sage scrub & gnatcatcher habitat! One more season of weed control & then we can begin planting and seeding natives.

You can read all about the BVAS effort and plan for the Mauro Preserve on in this article featured in the Coast News!


The Christmas Bird Count is coming December 21st!

This is a favorite event for the birding community! Everyone is welcome. Please see here for more information!


Monthly General Meeting:

Join BVAS and Dr. Jenni Brandon, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UCSD, for an engaging presentation giving us both a greater understanding of ocean-based plastics and an action plan to be better stewards of our Earth and its wildlife. The vast majority of marine plastic is smaller than five millimeters and much of that is microscopic. It is found from the surface to the ocean floor, entering the food web and concentrating as it moves up the food chain. Plastic is now a common part of our diet. Dr. Brandon is at the forefront of research to quantify the problem and, as her work has evolved, identify ways that we—governments, scientists, and individuals—can make a positive difference. Wednesday, November 20th Social: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.


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:

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 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.


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.


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

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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