Our Mission is: Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

Nature Center News

Sierra Club North County Coastal Group Quarterly Meeting The Sierra Club Quarterly meeting will be held at our Nature Center July 10th, 7:00-8:30 pm. Our coastal lagoons are a key component of our coast.  Our program will focus on current status of San Elijo, Batiquitos and Buena Vista lagoons. A healthy lagoon is critical to maintain a healthy coast.  Yet each lagoon faces challenges that need to be addressed.  Learn about these challenges and what is proposed to address them. Our panelists will share their stories about these three important coastal resources.

Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Camp: July 16-20th Kids will learn through walks, talks, crafts, games and stories about the lagoon’s animals and plants, and the people who used to live there. More information and registration form can be found here.

Camp Zovargo at BVAS: For the first time ever, Camp Zovargo is coming to the Buena Vista Nature Center. This private camp is a special immersive experience into science, animals, and nature! August 6th-9th 9am-3pm More information here!

Interested in doing some Birding? Check out this article for a list of our monthly birding events, learn more about our feathery winter visitors and see them featured in some stellar photos. Up to date birding information can also be found on our calendar of events.


Environmental and Conservation News

The National Audubon Society has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Read Audubon Society President David Yarnold's message here.

NEWS!!! UPDATE!!!The SANDAG meeting to decide the fate of Buena Vista Lagoon has been postponed to THIS SUMMER. Please continue to let your SANDAG Board reps (http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?fuseaction=about.board) know that the saltwater alternative is the only scientifically and fiscally solid alternative for the lagoon. BVAS's comments to SANDAG. Also see https://bvaudubon.org/…/buena-vista-lagoon-enhancement-pro…/

NEWS!!!  * UPDATE*: CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife has suspended its Lands Pass Program for certain locations including Buena Vista Lagoon Ecol. Reserve. Details on CDFW website.

Prop 68: Passed The Yes on Prop. 68 campaign tonight announced that Californians have decisively voted to approve Proposition 68, the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act. Prop 68 will go towards local, regional and state parks, clean drinking water projects, flood protection, and habitat projects that are vital to the state’s diverse wildlife. More info here or at https://yes68ca.com/

Upcoming Special Events:

Pelagic Birding Trips: Travel to some of the farthest reaches of San Diego County's waters for such sought-after species as Black-footed Albatross, Ashy Storm-Petrel, South Polar Skua, and Scripps’s Murrelet, near the peak of Spring migration. Trips upcoming in May and June.

San Diego Audubon has a new volunteer Outdoor Education Docent training and certification program at Anstine Nature Preserve in Vista. For details & to apply.

Past Special Events:

Steve Brad's Birdathon: Results are in! 75 bird species spotted, & at last count, a whopping $4,000 came in from the birding community (it keeps growing!!). THANK YOU TO ALL!!!

The Nature Center

Discover Buena Vista Lagoon's hidden treasures through our Nature Center's interpretive displays, highlighting our local flora, fauna, and habitats. Take a walk by the lagoon to explore the plant communities that comprise a coastal lagoon.

Educational Events

Learn about nature while having fun. Buena Vista Audubon offers free nature education programs and activities almost every week of the year.

Get Involved

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Buena Vista Audubon. Whatever your natural interests or talents, you can play an important role in helping people appreciate the beauty and importance of the natural world.

Make a Difference!

Did you know that the majority of our programs, including tours of our nature center, are free? We are able to offer free programs because of our dedicated volunteers and members, who understand and appreciate the importance that nature plays in our quality of life! As a BVAS member, you will receive the chapter newsletter, be invited to special events just for Members, and know that you are making a difference in the world. The BVAS Nature Center and its educational programs will receive 100% of your contribution.

Our Mission

To protect and preserve our region's birds, biodiversity, and threatened habitats, and to promote conservation of our natural resources through advocacy, education, and both habitat restoration and management.

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

Nature Center

2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



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