Our Nature Center is open currently Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. We are in need of volunteer hosts to staff the Nature Center! Please contact Rocco if you would like to help:

Whelan Lake news

The Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary has a new website! Enjoy! To request visiting the Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary, please call the caretakers at: (760) 722-4887. They will need to open the gate prior to your visit.

New Migrating Birders trips for 2024 and 2025

Two new Migrating birders trips are planned for 2024 and 2025: Belize & Guatemala and Ecuador. For more information, see our Birding Opportunities page.

New! Results of Audubon Name Change Survey: Please see this link.


The Resilient Coast and Estuaries Act Introduced!

Please read this article concerning a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Levin and others to help protect coastal estuaries.


Video about the South Morro Hills Community Plan

This video, produced and funded by the Sierra Club, describes the negative impacts of the City of Oceanside’s Draft South Morro Hills Community Plan for the agricultural district in the northeast corner of the City.

Native Plants are better for Birds and People!  

Enjoy this report from National Audubon regarding the benefits of planting with native plants.

Buena Vista Creek Monitoring report

The North San Diego County Watershed Monitoring Program, a program of Preserve Calavera, is a shining example of citizen science. This group conducts regular water quality monitoring of North County watersheds.  Please see this link for more information, including reports on data collected at the watershed testing sites.

Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration Update

On May 22, 2020, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) approved a project for restoring the Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside, CA. This is a historic event, an almost 20-year effort in the making. The stakeholders ultimately agreed on a modified saltwater alternative, which keeps a portion of the lagoon (a small basin owned by the homeowners) intact as a freshwater system, with ocean saltwater bypassing this portion. The weir will be removed and the lagoon dredged and engineered to allow tidal flushing of ocean water. In November, 2021, SANDAG was awarded $3 million from the State Wildlife Conservation Board for 30% engineering and design. They are working with federal funding agencies to acquire approximately $3.8 million for 65% design, engineering, and permitting. As of late December 2023, SANDAG's engineering contractors are conducting studies and surveys for the 30% engineering and design phase.  More information on the BV Lagoon Enhancement Project.

To read Buena Vista Audubon Society's statement on the approval of the modified saltwater alternative, please either read on the website here or download the PDF.

Other Conservation News

Read more from the LA Times about California's forest thinning policy and whether or not it is actually effective. It is an in depth look at what all of the money California has spent has gone and what it has gotten us.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick and Georgetown Environment Initiative