Participants in a 6-week California Native Plant Society Botanist Certification class, sponsored by Preserve Calavera and being held at the Nature Center, are conducting a survey of the plants growing on the 3.5-acre parcel of land recently acquired by BVAS. The plant survey is one of several special projects being undertaken by class members to…

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March marks the beginning of the breeding season, especially in the warmer microhabitats. Male breeders begin staking out their territories and attempting to attract mates with loud singing from conspicuous perches. Listen for the California thrashers especially. Migration picks up steam by late March, with warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, and orioles stopping by in riparian and…

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Back in November, a San Diego businessman was riding his bike down South Coast Hwy. in Oceanside, when he noticed a large sign posted on a vacant parcel of land at the edge of Buena Vista Lagoon. “Help Buy This Land!,” the sign exclaimed. “Join the Ridgway’s Rail Society.” The next day, the Nature Center…

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The long-awaited return of rain gives promise of a banner year for native wildflowers throughout San Diego County. What better way to celebrate our wonderful natural heritage than to plant a patch of native wildflowers in your garden? Pick up a packet of mixed California native wildflower seeds from a local nursery, and sprinkle the…

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It’s winter in San Diego. As the month begins, all birds present are either year-round residents or migrant species that have been in town for several months now. Some of our early breeding species, like owls, hawks, egrets, and herons, will begin exhibiting courtship and nesting behavior. Male thrashers will start singing as they stake…

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The Buena Vista Audubon Wetlands Reserve is now a reality. The first piece of land ever to be owned by BVAS is a 3.55-acre parcel of wetlands on the shore of the Buena Vista Lagoon, just across the street from the Nature Center. The deed of trust recording this historic event was filed at the…

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Many thanks to the 129 observers and 11 Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center volunteers who participated in the 2015 Oceanside CBC on December 27. Pending final review, the tally stands at 196 species. That would be the second-highest species total for the Oceanside count, surpassed only by a couple of 200-species counts recorded about…

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This Bullock’s oriole is spending the holiday season at the Seaside Apartment complex in Carlsbad, and he’s not alone. At least one other Bullock’s oriole has also been spotted in the eucalyptus trees around the apartments, as well as an orchard oriole. Both species were seen at this location last year in December, as well…

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It was just before Christmas, twelve months ago, when the doors to the BVAS Nature Center were finally reopened. The remodeling project had taken 6 long months, and the first group event in the renovated Nature Center was the year-end Christmas Bird Count. Over 130 people participated in the count that day, and then gathered…

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Nature’s calendar doesn’t always agree with ours, but all around San Diego this December one could see bushes with holly-like leaves festooned with bright red berries. It’s the native toyon plant, sometimes called California holly. If you have a toyon in your yard, cut a few branches for dec-orations around the house or outside your…

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