2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

About Us

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

WHO WE ARE

The Buena Vista Audubon Society was chartered in 1951 as the coastal North San Diego County chapter of the National Audubon Society, and has approximately 2,000 members. Our programs help foster a knowledge and appreciation for the plants and animals that make up the natural ecosystem of our community. BVAS is a volunteer organization; over 350 volunteers run our nature center and programs, with the help of three part-time staff.  BVAS is truly a member and community-supported organization, with the bulk of our operating funds coming from membership dues and donations. We are a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation.

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WHAT WE DO

A primary focus for BVAS is our nature education program for children. Over 3,000 school children participate in class outings to our Nature Center each year.   Other activities include Nature Storytime for pre-schoolers, Scout groups, & special events.  BVAS also offers nature education for the community, including birding trips, natural history classes, and special nature programs and lectures, generally free of charge.  See our Events page calendar.

Our Nature Center houses interpretive displays featuring local wildlife, and has a natural history library, small gift shop, and meeting rooms. The grounds include a native plant demonstration garden and a short interpretive trail.

We offer numerous birding opportunities, from local field trips throughout North County, to trips abroad, to pelagic birding, and the Christmas Bird Count.

Finally, we pursue a conservation mission to promote the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of sensitive habitats within San Diego County through public education and advocacy, promotion of environmentally sensitive land planning, and acquisition of conservation easements and land title.  BVAS currently owns two parcels of land; the BVAS Wetlands Reserve and the Andy Mauro Nature Preserve.  These two properties will be restored to native habitat in the near future.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Natalie Shapiro

Past-President: Andy Mauro

Vice-President: Dennis Huckabay

Vice-President: Joan Herskowitz

Treasurer: Margie Ellsworth

Secretary: Judi Wilson

Directors: Sandy McMullen, Denise Riddle, Patty Montgomery, Bruce Montgomery, Kelly Deveney, Curt Busk, Joan Bockman, Jane Mygatt, Danny Dimento, Bob Crowell, Steve Brad

STAFF

Nature Center Manager: Annette Schneider

Lands Manager: Megan Marshall

Membership Coordinator: Janice Osborne

COMMITTEES

Committee

Chair

Members

Conservation

Joan Herskowitz

Joan Herskowitz

Events/ Birdhouse Auction

Kelly Deveney

Kelly Deveney

Volunteers

Bob Crowell

Bob Crowell

Field Trips

Steve Brad

Steve Brad

Education/Nature Guides

Patty Montgomery

Patty & Bruce Montgomery

Publicity/Media/Website

Natalie Shapiro

Natalie Shapiro

Facilities

Sandy McMullen

Sandy McMullen, Danny DiMento, Kelly Deveney, Joan Bockman, Annette Schneider*

Exhibits

Joan Bockman

Joan Bockman, Curt Busk, Annette Schneider*

Christmas Bird Count

Jane Mygatt

Jane Mygatt

Field Trips

Steve Brad

Steve Brad

Overnight field trips

Dennis Huckabay

Dennis Huckabay

Endowment/Finance

Andy Mauro

Andy Mauro, Sandy McMullen, Judi Wilson, Bruce Montgomery, Margie Ellsworth

Gift Shop

Denise Riddle

Denise Riddle

Library

CJ DiMento

CJ DiMento

Facility Use Policy

Natalie Shapiro

Natalie Shapiro, Annette Schneider*, Curt Busk, Sandy McMullen, Bob Crowell

Membership

Margie Ellsworth

Margie Ellsworth, Jan Osborne*, Annette Schneider*, Denise Riddle

Native Plants

Joan Bockman

Joan Bockman

Newsletter

Patty & Bruce Montgomery

Patty & Bruce Montgomery, Jane Mygatt

Programs

Joan Herskowitz

Joan Herskowitz & Dennis Huckabay

Outreach

Bob Crowell & Natalie Shapiro

Bob Crowell & Natalie Shapiro

Ruddy Duck Club

Open

Open

Land Management

Andy Mauro

Andy Mauro, Natalie Shapiro, Joan Herskowitz, Curt Busk, Megan Marshall*

* Non-Board member

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

760-439-BIRD
(760-439-2473)

Hours

Sunday 1-4pm
Monday CLOSED
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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