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Attention Scouts!

Here at our beautiful Nature Center in Oceanside we offer programs for all levels of scouts on a variety of subjects.  Furthermore we can assist in acquisition of badges regarding animals, birds, watershed, and environmental concerns. Please contact us at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center or Sondra Renwanz (srenwanz@aol.com) for more information.  

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Oceanside Christmas Bird Count 2017

Summary  – Oceanside (CAOV) Christmas Bird Count – 2017 by Kirsten Winter The 72nd Oceanside Christmas Bird Count was held on December 23, 2017.  A very dedicated and talented group of 115 birders logged 191 hours, and recorded approximately 35,000 individual birds – detecting birds at a rate of 183 birds per hour.    A very…

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Leaf It Where It Falls

On garden day, local first graders were introduced to the notion that trees drop their leaves where needed. One budding botanist responded, “So you just leaf it where it falls?” The duff of trees and plants are important compost for both soil and insects. But for some reason, we have been trained to “clean up”…

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2016 Christmas Bird Count Results

The 117th Oceanside-Vista-Carlsbad Christmas Bird Count Results The 117th Oceanside Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on December 30th, 2016.  We had a very successful Christmas Bird Count, despite the cool, rainy weather. There were approximately 183 species seen, and more than 30,970 birds counted. We estimate there were more than 120 participants in 39…

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Christmas Bird Count Friday, December 30

Calling all birders for the 2016 Christmas Bird Count! All levels of birders welcome! For the Oceanside CBC (which includes the Buena Vista Lagoon, Whelan Lake, Anstine Nature Preserve, Oceanside Harbor, among other locations), please contact organizer Jane Mygatt: janemygatt@me.com  who will assign you to a group leader who will fill you in on when…

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Monthly Meeting and Program: A Natural History of Wildlands in Southern California.

What makes Southern California so ecologically diverse?  Dr. Allan Schoenherr, Professor of Ecology from CSU Fullerton is our guest speaker for November’s monthly meeting and program. Dr. Schoenherr is the author of “A Natural History of California” and “Natural History of the Islands of California.”  He will delve into Southern California’s climate and weather, and the…

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ANNOUNCING: JANUARY 2017 UC CALIFORNIA NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of coastal north San Diego County.…

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Woodpeckers, Cavities, and Snags: Changing a Stubborn Paradigm

Most woodpeckers excavate their own nest and roost cavities, and most do so each breeding season. Where woodpeckers live, the abundance of cavities increases each year, and, more than 40 other North American bird species—not including the woodpeckers themselves—exploit this abundance for their own nests. Cavity excavation is their “signature behavior” elevating the woodpeckers’ ecological…

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Ridgway’s Rail Surveying Project Updates and Conclusion

On the evening of August 14, the signal from Rail #3 was no longer heard. The survey was thus concluded. While we had now lost touch with all of our three Rails, our surveying helped demonstrate that the Buena Vista Lagoon provides the Ridgway’s rail’s basic needs for foraging opportunities and shelter.  We also believe that the…

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