Mondays at 10 a.m.—Every Monday morning, the  garden crew gathers at the Nature Center to do a little maintenance work around the native plant garden and trails.  Interested gardeners are invited to join the group for some casual gardening and friendly chatter. Summer is the time for Buckwheat The summer section of a native garden…

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In early May,  a dozen BVAS members and friends participated in a new survey program to help monitor the long-term health of California Brown Pelicans. While the California Brown Pelican was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2009, in recent years there has been poor productivity in mating areas; in addition, warmer oceans have…

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Our famous and fabulously fun summer camp is open for registration! It will be from June 13-17 (Monday-Friday) 9 a.m.-12 noon, and is for kids ages 6-10. Cost is $100. Kids learn about the lagoon’s animals and plants, and the people who used to live there, through walks, talks, crafts, games and stories. There are…

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Buena Vista Audubon and researchers from the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research organized a Bio-Blitz April 29-30 to survey the plants and animals living along the Buena Vista Lagoon. What is a Bio-Blitz? It is a survey that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a given area over…

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A pair of captive-bred Ridgway’s rails has begun laying eggs at Sea World.  This is exciting news for wildlife officials who are gearing up for the release of 10 radio-tagged rails at Buena Vista Lagoon in late May or early June. BVAS is signing up volunteers to help monitor the rails following their release, and…

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Herb Knufken has been taking photos of peregrine falcons at Torrey Pines since 2004.  Last year, a new pair of falcons paired up to mate and raise young at Torrey Pines.  Herb reports that in early April the birds were back and sitting on eggs for their second year.  Eggs should hatch by the first…

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For those of you who missed it, that’s a real shame. It was probably just as well though. We couldn’t have squeezed one more body into that Nature Center at March’s Birdhouse Auction! The place was packed and spirits were high. We were a bunch of happy folks coming together for some light-hearted fun, and…

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A Young Entomologists’ Corner has been installed at the Nature Center. Using actual specimens and our powerful projecting microscope, budding scientists can consider the basic question of what makes an insect an insect and explore the many varieties and forms of both aquatic and land insects. Games, books, photographs, and fun activities round out the…

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Selden McCabe likes to look at lagoons just like a California gull— from a lofty vantage point that looks down on a panoramic view of the wide expanses of reeds and open water. The only difference is that Selden is able to get his bird’s-eye view while still standing on the ground. With the aid…

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Have you come across any owl pellets lately? Dissecting owl pellets is a highlight activity for many of the students that visit the Nature Center. (We first sanitize our pellets with a long stint in the deep freeze.) The supply of owl pellets at the Nature Center is starting to run low, and we need…

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