Ridgways’ Rail Release at Buena Vista Lagoon

There was an exciting morning at the BVAS Nature Center October 5 as we gathered to place transmitters on two Ridgway’s rails prior to releasing them into the Buena Vista Lagoon. It’s wonderful to have the chance to see these beautiful young birds up close. The 8-week-old male and female rails were hatched at Sea…

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Monthly Program and General Meeting: California’s Threatened Woodpeckers & their Habitats, presented by Steve Shunk

Join us for our monthly meeting and program at the BVAS Nature Center  September 21, Wednesday: this month’s program will feature Steve Shunk, who will delve into the amazing world of California’s woodpeckers, their crucial role in the ecosystems, and their habitats. Social starts at 6:30 and program is at 7:00. For more information, please…

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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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Threatened: California’s Woodpeckers and Their Habitats, with Steve Shunk

Join us Wednesday, September 21 for our monthly program. 6:30: Social and 7:00 Program begins. Woodpeckers have always captured our attention.  Their unique anatomy and behavior sets them apart.  But like so many species, the path ahead is uncertain. The official California bird list includes 17 woodpecker species, 15 of which breed in the state—more…

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Meet “Caulerpa Conquest” author Eric Muñoz!

From 2000-2006, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Southern California coastline were endangered by an invasive Mediterranean seaweed, Caulerpa taxifolia. Thanks to a community outpouring, the lagoon was saved. A major driving force of this effort, Eric Muñoz, describes one of Carlsbad’s proudest moments and his own journey in “Caulerpa Conquest.” Join this community book…

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Kids’ Art Day at BVAS

BVAS Nature Guide and artist, Chris Clark and Paul Weber, aka ‘Dr Duck,’ enthralled a couple dozen kids yesterday at the Nature Center by leading two workshops on creating bird-themed art. Chris showed participants how to draw using a technique that engages the right brain. Paul helped older kids create a bird statue out of…

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Incredible metal bird sculpture artwork on display at the BVAS Nature Center! Free exhibit on display until August 21st

BVAS held an opening reception last Friday to celebrate an exhibit of 30 metal bird sculptures made from local metalwork artist Paul Weber. Mr. Weber has been known in the North County art community for over a decade with his unique metal sculptures, including abstract work and bird sculptures. His work has been exhibited in…

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What is ebird and how do I use it?

What is ebird and how do I use it? Find out at a free ebird class August 11 at 10 am at the BVAS Nature Center. Class is offered by Steve Brad, an experienced birder and ebird user. Steve describes ebird as a tool for citizen science for creating a record of what is being…

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