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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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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Steve Brad’s Second Thursday Bird Walk has developed a reputation among its regulars as a very productive “rarity chase.”  The emphasis is generally on the uniqueness of the sightings, rather than the number of species seen.  But in April, the group focused on seeing how many different species of birds it could tally.  Why the…

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Pursuing its mandate to advance knowledge about nature in the community, BVAS will be surveying five brown pelican roost sites in North County on May 7.  This is part of a long-term study by Audubon, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and Cornell School of Ornithology to document changes over time in the pelican population. Not many…

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