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.

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

Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay with author Julie Zickefoose

 Naturalist/artist/writer Julie Zickefoose thinks of herself as an unsung, minor, rather dirty superhero. Her superpower— saving small, economically worthless wildlife that would otherwise perish. An orphaned jay named Jemima was one such foundling. Spending nearly a year studying and raising the young Blue Jay for release opened the door to its world for Julie. She began writing and illustrating Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-Luck Jay immediately upon becoming her foster mother. More than a wildlife rehab story, it’s the story of life, love, and dealing with great loss; of finding grace and redemption in bonding with a wild bird.

Julie Zickefoose lives and works at Indigo Hill, her 80-acre wildlife sanctuary. in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio. There, she documents the lives of birds, bobcats, coyote, deer, and other wildlife. She is a prolific writer and painter, contributing to The Birds of the World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The NewYorker, Smithsonian magazine, and educational material by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Join Julie as she brings Jemima’s story to life through both her poetic prose and her captivating illustrations.

Julie will be showing a video that lasts just over an hour. For the best audio experience, be sure you have Zoom downloaded to your computer or laptop.

Please join us on Wednesday September 15. Please see the September Newsletter for more information on how to join the program via Zoom.


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.

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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