2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Our Mission is: Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

A San Diego County Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Upcoming Special Events:

Your local, family-owned health food store, Cream of the Crop (2009 S. Coast Hwy), is once again celebrating Earth Day with a Brown Bag fundraiser for BVAS! From April 20-22 (Sat-Mon), buy a bag of goodies (some neat stuff here, folks!) for $5. All proceeds go towards BVAS to support our nature center & programs. And grab a sandwich or smoothie while you’re there; trust us, they’re delicious!

Calling all citizens scientists! Help BVAS find the rare Brodiaea filifolia plant on our 31-acre Mauro Nature Preserve! No experience needed, just an interest in being part of a project to help restore North County’s wildlands! Training provided. Surveys will be done in late April/May (timing depends on first bloom). For more information and to sign up, please contact Natalie: buenavistanature@gmail.com

Free Public Demonstration of Water Quality Testing Saturday May 4th at 10am at the end of Gibraltar St. off La Costa Ave. Please see link for details.

BVAS Galapagos Islands Trip - Join BVAS July 24th - August 3rd, 2019, for an excursion to the Galapagos Islands (organized by Holbrook Travel). For complete itinerary and more information please see the flyer.

Palomar Audubon Society is offering their Annual Bird Class starting April 16th & May 7th. Please refer here for information on the dates, structure, and pricing.

San Diego Audubon has a new volunteer Outdoor Education Docent training and certification program at Anstine Nature Preserve in Vista. For details & to apply.

Nature Center News

Citizen Scientist and the Amphibians and Reptiles of Southern California - Join us April 17th at our Monthly General Meeting with Dr. Brad Hollingsworth, Curator of Herpetology at the San Diego NAT and Adjunct Professor of Biology at San Diego State University. Through his presentation Brad will lead us from around the Nature Center to the reaches of Southern and Baja California in search our most notable native Amphibians and Reptiles. April 17th at the Nature Center Social @ 6:30pm, Program @ 7:00pm

Thank you to all those who helped support, donated, and turned out to our Annual Art & Birdhouse Auction! Click here to see collage of the festivities!

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/.

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 doing some Birding? Check out this article for a list of our monthly birding events, learn more about our feathery winter visitors and see them featured in some stellar photos. Up to date birding information can also be found on our calendar of events.

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. *Note: Preschool Story Time in May will take place on May 20th instead due to the Memorial Day Holiday.


Environmental and Conservation News

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: SANDAG has postponed the final vote until May2019.  The Final EIR, its corresponding comments, and comments received after the close of the public review period have been posted to KeepSanDiegoMoving.com. Please continue to let your SANDAG Board reps know that the saltwater alternative is the only scientifically and fiscally solid (click here for costs report) alternative for the lagoon.



Monthly Bird Walks

Please consult the Calendar of Events and most recent Newsletter for additional walks, special birding events, and/or changes to the regular schedule

Whalen Lake Bird Walk: 1st Saturday of every month; walk and bird survey at this beautiful sanctuary for resident and migratory waterfowl in Oceanside.

San Dieguito River Bird Walk: 3rd Saturday of every month; walk and survery many waterfowl and shorebirds in North County’s coastal wetlands.

El Corazon Garrison Creek Walk: 2nd Wednesday of every month; walk and survey along El Corazon’s Garrison Creek Trail in Oceanside.

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 expirinced birders alike!

Steve's Suprise Second Thursday Walk: 2nd Thursday of every month; 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.

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



Sunday 1-4pm
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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