Marbled Godwit


Sanderling


California Thrasher


Vermillion Flycatcher


Redhead


Black-bellied Plover


Snowy Egret


Black-Crowned Night Heron


Ruddy Turnstone


Black-necked Stilt


Red-Tailed Hawk


California Gnatcatcher


Lewis's Woodpecker


Steller's Jay


Ring-Billed Gull


California Quail


Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher


Anna's Hummingbird


 


Conservation Matters

The environmental scoping process for the Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project is complete. Read about it HERE. A fact sheet for the project can be found HERE.

Check out the Conservation Page for more BVAS conservation news, including the possible BVAS purchase of land for conservation.

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April General Meeting

Endangered African Wildlife

with Bill Kloetzer

Wednesday, April 23
6:30 p.m. Social—7 p.m. Program

Over the last three years, Bill Kloetzer has taken four African
safaris, visiting Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. This June, he will be returning once again on safari to Botswana. On his travels, he has observed and photographed many species of African wildlife. In 2013, a selection of Bill’s photos attracted much interest while on display at the Carlsbad Library.

Our April program will feature Bill’s photos of many of the species of African wildlife he has observed on his trips. In addition, he will share with us a summary of the issues and the progress associated with protecting endangered species there. Many of the iconic species typically seen on safari are now threatened with extinction due to poaching, loss of natural habitat and political conflict.

Bill Kloetzer has been a resident of Carlsbad since 1989. He retired ten years ago from his career as a biotech research scientist, and began pursuing his twin passions for nature and photography. He is now a part-time instructor of general biology at Palomar Community College, and an accomplished photographer of local and international fauna. He has previously published two photography books on wildlife of the Agua Hedionda watershed in Carlsbad. A third book is now being assembled that will contain his safari animal images and descriptions of the challenges to conservation efforts throughout eastern and southern African countries.

Please join us for a wide-eyed look at some truly wild and wonderful beasts, all while safely seated in the comfortable confines of the BVAS Nature Center.

Note: OurApril General Meetings have been moved to the 4th Wednesday of the month.

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Joey’s and Johnny’s Clubhouse

BVAS Nature Center
Sunday, April 20, 1-4 p.m.

Joey and Johnny DiMento have been entertaining their young friends at the Nature Center on the third Sunday of each month. Seven-year-old Joey and her younger brother Johnny (age 4) have always enjoyed hanging out at the Nature Center, investigating the exhibits, reading the children’s books, doing nature-oriented crafts, and exploring the trail. Their parents, Danny and C.J., are long-time members and highly involved volunteers at BVAS. The monthly gathering of kids began when the DiMento family signed up to host the Nature Center from 1-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Joey quickly took on the role of “kid’s greeter,” welcoming each youngster who entered the Nature Center with special walks around the exhibits and suggestions of fun activities. She then began inviting her friends from school to drop by to join her and Johnny for fun and games at the Nature Center. It’s now become a much-anticipated nature play day for a growing number of young children, as well as their accompanying parents. As attendance has grown, so has the fun and excitement. The adults provide a few ideas and help oversee things in general, but the kids themselves invent many of the games and choose their activities.

Visitors to the Nature Center can always tell when Joey’s and Johnny’s Clubhouse has had another “meeting”. For several days following each session, the sidewalk at the entrance to the Nature Center is adorned with colorful chalk art featuring birds, flowers, and other designs, usually accompanied with the hand-written sentiment “We Love the Nature Center!”.

Do you have a bored youngster looking for a little fun this summer? Drop by the Nature Center from 1-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month and join the kids (and parents) at Joey’s and Johnny’s Clubhouse.

Everyone’s welcome.

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Estate Planning and BVAS

Just before the summer break, the BVAS Board received word that Joni Ciarletta had generously included BVAS in her estate plan. Joni established a future bequest in her will to help ensure the chapter would have the funds needed in the years ahead to continue to maintain the Nature Center and support its nature education programs. Joni is an active birder and naturalist and a regular contributor to BVAS. She has previously volunteered her expertise to help BVAS prepare grant requests for various projects.

The Board gives Joni its heartfelt thanks for joining the BVAS Legacy Circle, and for helping us call attention to this special program. The Legacy Circle is comprised of friends and members who have provided for BVAS in their estate plans, whether by provisions included in their wills or trusts, or by several other means now available. Joni follows the grand tradition set by a number of our early “charter” members who chose to remember BVAS in their estate plans.

How important is this to BVAS? As a result of bequests that BVAS has received over the last ten years, the Nature Center Endowment Fund has now grown to approximately $500,000. A portion of the annual investment earnings from this fund now help augment the chapter’s annual operating budget, allowing BVAS to maintain and upgrade its facilities and offer a wider variety of exciting new programs.

BVAS has prepared a guide to planned giving that provides basic information regarding establishing an estate gift to BVAS. The guide can be read and downloaded by following this link.

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New BVAS Birding Guide Now Available

Birding Hotspots of
North County

In response to repeated requests, BVAS has produced a full-color brochure highlighting some of the best birding spots in North County. The brochure profiles 14 different coastal and inland birding sites that promise a varied bird list in a range of habitats. A detailed site map and directions are included, along with notes about visitor services at each site. Award-winning photographer Chris Mayne contributed the dramatic bird photos that illustrate the brochure.

The brochure was partially funded by a San Diego County grant. A committee headed by Judi Wilson oversaw the project, with graphic design services provided by Daniel Sanchez. The brochure is being distributed free of charge at the BVAS Nature Center and at several other North County sites. Stop by to pick up your copy today, and go birding!

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SD County Checklist

More than 500 bird species have been identified in San Diego County. Get busy, birders! Here's a checklist to start recording your sightings.
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BVAS is on Facebook

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Alger Hiss and the
Prothonotary Warbler

A first-person connection between the infamous Alger Hiss, our very own Dennis Huckabay, and birding in New York’s Central Park is explored in a story by Dennis.

Click here to read his fascinating account.

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Dancing With Owls

Shanti Mayberry has an interesting story to tell. It’s about a special encounter she had over several months with a great horned owl that still lives in Crest Canyon, adjacent to her home in Del Mar. This is a story about an interspecies relationship that was born in innocent communion but quickly grew in intensity and passion. Something finally had to give, and the natural order of things has now been restored. But, the poignant and somewhat bittersweet memories persist . Read Shanti's story HERE.

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Woodpecker Wonderland

Participants on our trip to the Oregon Cascades in July, led by Steve Shunk of Paradise Birding, saw 125 species of birds, including all 11 targeted species of breeding woodpeckers. Other highlights included the northern pygmy owl. Click HERE for a detailed first-person trip report, complete with photos.

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Donate that Old Clunker to BVAS

BVAS is now participating in the Cars 4 Causes donation program. Tax-deductible donations of any car, running or not, can be made through the Cars 4 Causes organization, for the benefit of BVAS. Avoid the hassle of trading in or selling that old car and help support the Nature Center. Just call 1-800-766-2273 and say you’d like to donate your vehicle to benefit BVAS. Cars 4 Causes will pick up your vehicle at your home, fill out the necessary paperwork, and provide the receipt for your tax deduction. Or click the below link to sign-up online.

cars4causes.net

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Looking for Birding Optics?

For unbiased advice, reviews and ratings of binoculars & spotting scopes, check out this new website:

http://allbestbinoculars.com/

 


Support our Ruddy Duck Club members
Click on the above picture for a list of all current members

Ruddy Duck Club

This special group of local businesses and organizations support the nature education and recreation programs offered at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center with an annual donation of $100 or more. To request your “no obligation” Ruddy Duck Club packet of membership information and benefits, please call Kelly Deveney at 760-721-2441.

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12th Annual Seaside Native Plant Garden Tour 

Sunday April 27th at 2pm

Come see over 18 California Native Plant Gardens in the historic Seaside Neighborhood of Downtown Oceanside! Plant experts and neighborhood locals lead an informative 1.5 mile walking tour to see these wonderful front yard gardens. Meet at 2pm Sunday, April 27th at St. Mary's School parking lot at 515 Wisconsin Avenue. The guided walk is free. Donation requested for map and plant list. Local kids sell lemonade and cookies along the route. St. Mary's School is one block east of the 101 Cafe at Coast Highway and Wisconsin Ave. This annual event is sponsored by the Buena Vista Native Plant Club and the Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association. Go to  OCNA.info or call the Buena Vista Nature Center at 760-439-2473 for more information.

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Buena Vista Lagoon Featured
In YouTube Video

A great video by Michael Sosebee featuring the Buena Vista lagoon is available on YouTube, narrated by our own Tom Troy and Joan Bockman. See it here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCkREeF2Tao

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A New San Diego Birding Listserv

A new bird-sighting listserv operated by the San Diego Field Ornithologists has taken over the role formerly held by SDBirds. For a number of years, SDBirds served as the popular go-to site for posting and obtaining information about interesting bird sightings in San Diego County, and was widely recognized for providing an extremely valuable service to San Diego birders. In November, however, SDBirds was officially disbanded, and it no longer operates
as a listserv.

The circumstances surrounding the demise of SDBirds underlined the concerns of some in the birding community who had long felt a San Diego birding listserv would be more properly administered by an association of birders, rather than by an individual person. Operation of the new listserv will be fully accountable, with the rules of operation and their implementation subject to the democratic review and approval of the group’s broad and diverse membership. SDFO, as an established organization, will be able to provide for the on-going and uninterrupted succession of management and operation of the new listserv.

The new San Diego birding listserv is called
SanDiegoRegionBirding.

Its aim is to provide the most timely and accurate birding information possible to subscribers. The new listserv welcomes current reports of rare and otherwise unusual birds from the field, links to photographs of unusual birds seen locally, migration news, information on population trends, historical records, local pelagic trip reports and schedules, and other information of interest to field birders dealing with the status and distribution of San Diego County birds. The management of the new listserv will be by the annually elected officers and Board of the SDFO, with daily oversight provided by a group made up by some of the Board members and/or their assignees.

An additional benefit of SDFO ownership will be the presence
of SanDiegoRegionBirding reports on regional and continent-wide compilation listservs. This will ensure the sharing of birding information from San Diego County with those living elsewhere in California and across the United States.

BVAS supports this new community-based birding listserv, and encourages its members to participate.

To join the new listserv, go to the following website:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SanDiegoRegionBirding

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Public Bird Walks
Monthly Bird Surveys

BVAS conducts regular monthly bird surveys of Buena Vista Lagoon and Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary. We also offer one or more other bird walks at various locations within the county each month. We welcome birders of all levels to join us on these excursions. See Field Trips for details.

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Becoming a Nature Guide

Have you considered becoming a BVAS Nature Guide? We lead school classes and other groups on nature walks and tours of the Nature Center. Our nature programs are prepared to make it easy for us to learn and to teach, but give us plenty of opportunity to share our own stories and nature knowledge as we talk to our young visitors. We need more guides for this fall. For more information, please e-mail Ellen at: ekindsvater1@gmail.com. More info on this and other volunteer opportunities can be found HERE.

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NestWatch Invites You to Watch!

NestWatch is a nest-monitoring project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center aimed to provide a unified nest-monitoring scheme to track reproductive success for all North American breeding birds. NestWatch invites people who are interested in the natural world to help monitor the success of nesting birds and better understand the threats they face. These data will provide a wealth of information about breeding birds and the factors that influence their success across different landscapes. For more info, go to www.nestwatch.org.

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March Calendar

Fri Apr 4 Board Meeting 9am
Sat Apr 5 Whelan Lake Bird Walk 8am
Thur Apr 10 Second Thursday Surprise Walk 8am
Fri Apr 11 Nature Guides Meeting 10am
Sun Apr 13 Buddy Todd Park Bird Walk 8am
Sat Apr 19 San Dieguito River Park Bird Walk 8am
Sun Apr 20 Joey’s and Johnny’s Clubhouse 1pm
Apr 22-May 3 NBA Trip "Springtime in Texas"
Wed Apr 23 General Meeting 6:30pm
Sat Apr 26 Basic Birding & Lagoon Bird Count 8am
Sun Apr 27 Pelagic Birding Trip 7am-3pm
Sun Apr 27 Native Plant Garden Tour 2pm
Mon Apr 28 Preschool Nature Storytime 10am

Nature Center: 2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

Contact Info

760-439-BIRD (760-439-2473)
email: bvaudubon@sbcglobal.net

 

BVAS Mailing Address:

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049-0480

 

 

Carlsbad Lagoons and Wetlands

The three Carlsbad lagoon foundations - Buena Vista, Agua Hedionda and Batiquitos - together with Buena Vista Audubon have started coordinating their activities and working more closely together with the City of Carlsbad under a new umbrella group, Carlsbad Lagoons and Wetlands (CLAW).Click on logos below to check out activities and common interests of all of our lagoon foundations.

 

 

 
 
 
Webmaster: Larry Spann

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