San Diego County’s majestic natives aren’t feeling the love. Golden eagles require large territories and more than a little privacy to thrive. When not nesting on a preferred cliff, they are usually resting high on treetops or hunting in chaparral, grassland, and safe scrub communities — land increasingly taken over by development. Unfortunately, this native…

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North American folklore has touted the American Robin as the harbinger of spring.  Me—not so much.  For me, that honor goes to the Mourning Dove and its soft song drifting through the air beginning early in the new year. A Mourning Dove is a medium-sized, streamlined bird with an almost ridiculously small head; a long,…

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Thank you to Audubon’s 2018 Collaborative Funding Grant program, which awarded BVAS $1,000 for school bus transportation to bring students from Title I elementary schools in North County San Diego to a local beach as part of our Sharing Our Shores program in 2018.  Through this program, approximately 250 students will learn about shorebird biology…

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Call a despicable person “pond scum” and I take offense on behalf of pond scum everywhere.  Scoop up a handful of pond scum and you might actually be looking at diminutive, individual aquatic plants or even blue-green algae such as spirulina, which some health food fans herald.  Think someone is, um, “bat-guano crazy?”  Bats the…

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NOTE NEW DATE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.  Nature Guides are the group of BVAS educators who work with local schoolchildren during the school year. Elementary schools that participate in the Nature Guide Program bring their classes to the BVAS Nature Center during school hours for a 1 1/2 hour tour of the museum and trail, as…

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Let’s say you’re a bird.  Your breeding area this spring and summer abounded with budding plants, fresh fruits, nutritious insects—plenty for you and the kids you raised.  But what about the coming fall and winter?  To paraphrase the Clash, should you stay or should you go?   In San Diego County, a number of species…

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Nature Guides are the group of BVAS educators who work with local schoolchildren during the school year. Elementary schools that participate in the Nature Guide Program bring their classes to the BVAS Nature Center during school hours for a 1 1/2 hour tour of the museum and trail, as well as an educational lesson of…

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Nature Guides are the group of BVAS educators who work with local schoolchildren during the school year. Elementary schools that participate in the Nature Guide Program bring their classes to the BVAS Nature Center during school hours for a 1 1/2 hour tour of the museum and trail, as well as an educational lesson of…

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NOTE: NATURE GUIDE MEETING JUNE 9 IS MOVED TO JUNE 2-ITS A POTLUCK AT SOMEONE’S HOUSE.  CALL THE NATURE CENTER IF YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND POTLUCK. Nature Guides are the group of BVAS educators who work with local schoolchildren during the school year. Elementary schools that participate in the Nature Guide Program bring their classes…

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Nature Guides are the group of BVAS educators who work with local schoolchildren during the school year. Elementary schools that participate in the Nature Guide Program bring their classes to the BVAS Nature Center during school hours for a 1 1/2 hour tour of the museum and trail, as well as an educational lesson of…

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