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.


Endangered Species Day at BV Lagoon

Bring the family to Endangered Species Day at the Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Center Saturday, May 21, 10:00-2:00.  There will be science and craft activities, live music by Dryad, and information on local endangered species.  Sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and Preserve Calavera, this free, family-friendly event will be held in the gardens and along the trails near the Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Parking is limited, please walk or park on side streets off Coast Hwy.  For more information.

Monthly Program

Pelagic Birding in San Diego, with Stan Walens

Pelagic (ocean) birding trips can seem daunting—a moving vessel with distant dots zooming past. Identifying anything seems nearly impossible. How does one go about pelagic birding? What should we look for and how can we improve our odds of successful identification? Fortunately, our May presenter will provide a simple primer on all we need to know about pelagic birding.

Noted San Diego County pelagic bird expert Stan Walens will talk us through a virtual pelagic birding trip, showing us the birds found off the coast of San Diego. He will teach us the sometimes subtle clues that lead to a positive identification, offering tips on what to wear, what to bring, and where to position ourselves on the boat.

Stan Walens has been birding since college, participating in many birding surveys and tracking bird migration. He became an avid seawatcher after moving to San Diego about 40 years ago. After his talk, if you are inspired to embark on a pelagic birding trip out of San Diego, see the schedule listed on page 3 of our newsletter or visit sandiegopelagics.com.

Wednesday, May 18 Social time: 6:45 p.m. Program begins: 7:00 p.m. 

Please RSVP to Bob Crowell at kbcrowell1@att.net if you would like to join us. He will email you the Zoom link on the day of the lecture.

This is also our general meeting. We will be voting to accept the Board Directors.

Have you missed a Monthly Program, or Want to Watch it Again?

We have had some wonderful presentations at our virtual monthly program and provide recordings of these programs in our Series Archive which can also be found under the 'Events' tab of the menu.


Kids' Clubhouse is Back!!!

The kids’ clubhouse program is back with a new look! Nature Guide, Liz Black, along with her two crafty daughters, Phoebe and Sonya, will host a fun-filled nature-based activity. Join them at the Nature Center on the second Sunday of each month from 10:00-noon. The family tortoise, Frodo, will make occasional appearances as well. Please bring your elementary-aged children and grandchildren to the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center and enjoy these activities for free. Remember, masks are still required indoors at the Nature Center.

Restoration of the Wetlands Reserve begins!

BVAS has been awarded a grant to begin restoration of the Wetlands Reserve! Please see the press release about the grant.  BVAS's portion of the grant will go towards funding baseline studies, surveys, and a conceptual plan for the Wetlands Reserve. These efforts will set the stage for the next steps in the restoration. For more information on the Wetlands Reserve, please see this webpage.  Stay tuned as we begin this important work!

Note on Events, Birding Tours, and other Activities

Please see our newsletters for the most current information and calendar on these activities.

Thank you to the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians generously awarded BVAS a $2,500 grant to support our nature center and programs. BVAS appreciates the support, which will help with our efforts to enhance our exhibits and nature center experience.

The Nature Center is now open!!

Our Nature Center is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Come and enjoy our new exhibits and new look!!

Because of the rise in COVID cases with the Omicron variant,  BVAS is re-instating the mask-wearing requirement for visitors inside our nature center, regardless of vaccination status.

We also encourage you to visit the beautiful native garden and Lagoon Trail, where you’ll find a new loop that takes you through coast live oaks.

Important Upcoming Events

Help Save Oceanside's Farmland in South Morro Hills!

The city of Oceanside is in the process of updating its General Plan, and preparing a community plan for the South Morro Hills agricultural area- the South Morro Hills Community Plan (SMHCP). While it says its primary goal is to preserve agricultural land, it allows thousands of housing units.  That is not farmland preservation, it is more sprawl development that we all pay for.  We pay for it with more traffic congestion, air pollution, and higher costs for public infrastructure of roads, and water and sewers. What you can do.



Please take a survey on the future of open space along South Carlsbad's coastline!!

Link to City of Carlsbad information on the South Carlsbad Coastline Project.


BVAS and the Buena Vista Creek restoration project: we want your input!!!

Buena Vista Audubon Society is partnering with the City of Oceanside and Dudek to help restore a section of Buena Vista Creek near Lake Blvd and Thunder Dr. The City was awarded a $275,800 grant from the California Department of Water Resources in 2020 to plan and design a restoration project for this heavily urbanized and degraded section of creek. This stretch of creek has been marred by stream bank erosion, overgrown areas, and trash and pollution from illegal encampments. The grant will fund planning, design, and community engagement activities. These activities include engineering a design for stream bank stabilization and riparian vegetation restoration, creating plans for public access opportunities, and community outreach.

We want to hear from the public concerning what you envision at the project site.

The City will host two public workshops to advertise the project’s features and benefits, and to seek community input on the final restoration vision. However, due to the recent rise in Coivd-19 cases the first outreach event consisted of an online digital presentation for the community to access at any time throughout the duration of the project. The informational video will provide details to the public about the goals, objectives, and constraints of the preferred restoration design and recreational opportunities for the project site.

The City will host a second follow up workshop (in-person or virtual) in Summer 2022 following the completion of technical studies and design based on feedback from the first presentation.

For more information on the project, and to see the video, please go to: https://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/water/services_programs/clean/default.asp


Birding the Chocó-Andes Region: Western and Eastern Slopes of Ecuador
10 DAYS | October 16-25, 2022
$3,295 per person plus airfare, based on 8 participants. Info/Register: http://holbrook.travel/buenavista-ec22


Select Birding Outings have resumed

Most of our birding options have resumed. Be aware that since not everyone is vaccinated, social distancing and masks will be required. Please see the Events Calendar or the most current Newsletter for more information.

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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