2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Bird Walks, Workshops, Migrating Birders, & Pelagic Birding Trips

Whether you're new to birding or have been doing it for years, BVAS has events for you!

BVAS offers an exceptional assortment of birding opportunities for all skill levels. We have regular monthly bird walks in various North County locations. To explore other bioregions and countries, check out our Migrating Birding program. And to experience ocean birding, try Pelagic Birding.

Upcoming Birding Events!

For upcoming birding walks and field trips, please see our calendar of events.

PELAGIC BIRDING WITH BVAS-It doesn't get more fun and exhilarating than birding on the open ocean.  These popular trips explore areas such as the 9-mile and 30-mile Banks.  For details:     http://www.socalbirding.com/


Monthly Bird Walks

We hold regular bird walks every month. Below is a description of these walks. Beginners always welcome! Please see our Calendar of Events for bird walk dates, including special seasonal ones.

Whelan Lake birding

Whelan Lake

WHEN: First Saturday of each month at 8:00 AM. Leader: John Haddock.

Join BVAS on this regular monthly walk and survey of the birds at this special wildlife sanctuary. The freshwater lake, adjacent riparian forest, and grassy upland hills provide an exciting array of bird species throughout the year.

Directions: From I-5, take Hwy. 76 East; turn left at Douglas Dr.; continue to the light at North River Rd.; go left on North River Rd. Pass through entrance gate and follow signs to the lake.

For more information on Whelan Lake: http://www.cityofoceanside.com/gov/water/services_programs/clean/mass/whelan.asp


San Dieguito Lagoon River Park

WHEN:  Third Saturday of each month; each month alternates between Lower Crest Canyon and San Andres Drive trails. Start at 8:30 AM. Leader: John Haddock: 760-941-7824

This estuary is a key over-wintering grounds for migrating birds. The combination of salt marsh and coastal sage scrub habitat make it an important area for both resident and migrating birds.


San Andres Dr. - From I-5, take Via de la Valle east; go right on San Andres Dr. to end of road.

Lower Crest Canyon- From I-5, take Via de la Valle west; go left on Jimmy Durante blvd; left on San Dieguito Rd. Go east one mile to trailhead.

For information on the San Dieguito Lagoon River Park,  see: http://www.sdrp.org/wordpress/This website contains links to trails, events, monthly bird survey counts, and more!

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NEW Coastal 101 Birding Loop

WHEN: Last Saturday of the month, meet at the Nature Center. NOTE NEW START TIME of 9:00!!!  Leaders: Tom Troy and Mike Shoemaker - 760-420-7328. Note: Susie Martin will take over for the summer and is looking for a second trip leader to assist her. Contact Tom if interested.

Join the BVAS birders for our newly revamped basic birding workshop and bird count at Buena Vista Lagoon. No experience necessary. We meet at the Nature Center at 9:00 AM. and then take a walk up Coast Hwy, traverse on to the beach, and loop back to the Nature Center.  We stop at various locations to observe the micro-niche habitats containing various birds species, and connect with the larger watershed.

For monthly bird lists from the BVAS monthly bird counts, please see BVAS Monthly Bird Count Lists.

Steve Brad's Second Thursday Surprise Walk

Second Thursday of each month. Join our weekday surprise-location bird walk on the second Thursday of each month. Where we go is based on recent reports and Steve’s personal surveying. If you’d like to get on the Second Thursday Walk notification list, please send an email with your name, phone number and email address to: stevanbrad@gmail.com.

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Second Sunday Bird Walk

Join Steve Brad for the Second Sunday bird walks, exploring a variety of habitats, from ocean to mountains. See our newsletter and calendar of events for upcoming trips! Note: There are no Second Sunday bird walks June, July or August, but if a good birding opportunity occurs, Steve may hold a special trip. Join Steve's email list for information: stevanbrad@gmail.com

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Migrating Birders Program

Explore other bioregions and countries through this exciting program. Cape May, France, and Costa Rica are just some of the places that Migrating Birders organizers plan for your birding opportunities.  See our calendar of events for Migrating Birder trips. Also see the News section for write-ups on these trips.

Pelagic Birding

The Pacific Ocean is a vast, virtually unexplored frontier, enormous beyond comprehension, replete with seldom seen and little understood birds.  The marine environment contains submarine ridges, domes, and banks that create rich life-zones attractive to a diverse array of seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels, auklets, and murrelets.  When at sea, the sun, the breeze, the gentle rocking of the boat can put one in a trance; a feeling of being at one with the ocean and life itself.  Birders who enjoy pelagics savor the flavor of the sea touched with the imminent sense of discovery.

To enjoy pelagic birding, please see our Pelagic Birding Website for the exciting trips we offer and the Calendar of Events for trip dates.

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Donations that make a difference!

Your donation will help us further our mission of providing nature-based education to local children, offering birding classes and other programs, protecting and restoring North County wildlife habitats, and more!

Our Mission

Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

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2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



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