NATURE CENTER NEWS
Our Nature Center opens May 1!!! Limited hours and access, but it is open!! Please see information below (click to enlarge):
MONTHLY BIRDING ACTIVITIES HAS RESUMED AS OF APRIL 1. PLEASE SEE THE APRIL NEWSLETTER OR THE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS.
OUR VOLUNTEER NATIVE PLANT CREW AND TRAIL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM HAVE ALSO RESUMED.
We are excited to announce a special fundraiser offering Paul Weber (aka "Dr Duck" art work. Please click on the flyer below for details:
BVAS Art & Birdhouse Sale - a Community Success!
Thank you to all our volunteers and community members who helped make our Birdhouse Sale a success! The rain graciously held off until the next day. The beautiful birdhouses and art, donated by local artists, found new homes. While not the same as our birdhouse auction, it was still good to see old (and new) friends outside.
BVAS Featured on Out & About with Channel 8 News
Channel 8’s OUT & ABOUT reporter Jenny Milkowski and camera person visited Buena Vista Lagoon recently to highlight birding around the lagoon. They interviewed Tom Troy and our executive director Natalie Shapiro. As you may know, Tom is a long-time BVAS field trip leader and former board member.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION NEWS
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. Here is the 2019 Buena Vista Creek Monitoring report.
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. Currently, SANDAG is in the process of acquiring funding for the permitting and design work. They hope to have funding approved sometime in 2021. 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