2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

About Us

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


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.



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.


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


Executive Director: Natalie Shapiro

Nature Center Manager: Annette Schneider

Volunteer Coordinator: Bob Crowell

Membership Coordinator: Janice Osborne

Newsletter: Bruce & Patty Montgomery


Committee Chair Members
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


Volunteer Coordinator Bob Crowell
Gift Shop Denise Riddle
Membership Jan Osborne
Newsletter Bruce & Patty Montgomery
Monthly Programs Joan Herskowitz

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!

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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