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.
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: Curt Busk
Vice-President: Jane Mygatt
Treasurer: Margie Ellsworth
Secretary: Bruce Montgomery
Directors: Sandy McMullen, Tina Mitchell, J.R. Kinander, Patty Montgomery, Kelly Deveney, Joan Bockman, Danny Dimento, Bob Crowell, Joan Herskowitz, Brian Petersen
STAFF & COORDINATORS
Executive Director: Natalie Shapiro
Nature Center Manager: Annette Schneider
Volunteer Coordinator: Bob Crowell
Membership Coordinator: Janice Osborne
Newsletter: Bruce & Patty Montgomery
|Birding||Jane Mygatt||Steve B, Tina, Denise, Dennis|
|Conservation||Joan Herskowitz||Brian, Kelly|
|Executive||Curt Busk||Jane, Bruce, Margie, Tina|
|Facilities||Sandy McMullen||Danny, Kelly, Annette, Steve R., Natalie|
|Finance||Vacant||Bruce, Margie, Sandy, Natalie|
|Fundraising/Grants||Vacant||Kelly (Bird House), Tina, Natalie|
|Land Management||Curt Busk||Joan H, Jane, Brian, Natalie|
|Native Plants||Joan Bockman||Paul B, Paige, Greg L, Brennon Flahive|
|Nature Guides/Children's Events||Montgomerys||Dovie, Paige, Sally, Fran|
|Publicity, Website||Brian Petersen||Logan, JR, Natalie|
Donations that make a difference!
Your donation will help us further our mission of providing nature-based education to local children, offering birding classes and other programs, protecting and restoring North County wildlife habitats, and more!
Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049
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