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.



Contractor to remove cattails from our duck pond!!

Please see this link for the RFP and details.

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.

On October 10 we will make spookybats from materials found in nature.

Calling all kids! Free birdhouse decorating event November 27!!

Please click on this link for more information on this fun event at our nature center!

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.

Because of the rise in COVID cases and the July 27, 2021 CDC recommendation to wear masks indoors even if one is fully vaccinated, 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 outdoor spaces and Lagoon Trail, where you’ll find a new loop that takes you through coast live oaks.

Important Upcoming Events

Monthly Program: Enriching Your Birding Experiences With Smartphone Technology, with Gautam Apte


Observing wildlife can be magical. For many of us, the memories are woven in time or place and punctuated by a special person who guided or shared the experience. But there is also a personal, Sherlock-Holmesian thrill to both the mystery and the chase. And in that quest, birders want the best tools. Enter the smart phone, smarter apps, and the information explosion.

October’s speaker is our guide to using these tools and resources selectively and effectively. A variety of apps are available; e.g., data recording apps like eBird, various field guide and bird identification, weather apps that can be used to predict migration movements and even help find vagrant rarities. We will learn how to use some of these apps and their corresponding web versions. You can improve your skills, target specific species, observe more birds, and generally get more enjoyment out of your birding experience.

Gautam Apte comes to us via Zoom from the state of Ohio, where he began birding at a young age. He is currently a student at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he is the Vice President of Conservation for the Ornithology Club. He also serves as an eBird reviewer for several counties in Ohio. In addition to managing the avian window collision monitoring program at OSU, he conducts research on influences of migratory behavior in Song Sparrows. In the summers, he has worked as a field biologist collecting data for various research studies across the country. In his free time, he enjoys flight photography, good food and beer, and birding with friends wherever he can.

Grab your phone, put on your thinking cap, and join us on Zoom. Novice or expert, you’ll be glad you did.

Meeting is via Zoom. Please see our October newsletter for instructions on obtaining a link to this program.

Social: 6:45 pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.


Birding the Yucatan with BVAS! SOLD OUT!!


Select Birding 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.

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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