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NATURE CENTER NEWS

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: roccobob@icloud.com

MONTHLY BIRDING ACTIVITIES HAS FULLY RESUMED.  PLEASE SEE THE MOST CURRENT NEWSLETTER FOR DETAILS.

OUR VOLUNTEER NATIVE PLANT CREW HAS ALSO RESUMED. Please join us on Monday mornings, 9-noon, for helping maintain our native garden.

Open House at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center (2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside)

  Thursday, December 1, 2022, 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us at our Open House, where we will introduce our Wetlands Reserve Restoration Project to the community.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please note: Parking is limited! If you can, please use the side streets.

This Project will restore Buena Vista Audubon Society’s (BVAS’s) 3.8-acre Wetlands Reserve in S. Oceanside to native plant habitat. The Wetlands Reserve is located across the street from BVAS’s nature center, adjacent to the north edge of the Buena Vista Lagoon. BVAS acquired a grant last year for the first phase of the restoration design; we will present the studies and a preliminary conceptual plan at the open house.  

Agenda:

5:15: Light refreshments and mingling.

5:30-5:45: Introductions (BVAS, Project partners, and consultants).

5:45-6:05: PowerPoint presentation.

6:05-7:30: Q&A session and chance to look over conceptual design and maps.

For more information: buenavistanature@gmail.com

COMMUNITY NEWS

ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION NEWS

Resilient Coasts and Estuaries Act introduced May 17; bipartisan bill will support funding to protect and restore estuaries.

More information on this important bill.

S.D. Union Tribune article.

S.2372 - Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2022

More information on this important bill.

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 November, 2022, SANDAG's engineering contractors are conducting studies 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