Home to the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, and California's first Ecological Reserve, Buena Vista Lagoon is a 223-acre wetland habitat located within the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside. It is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. At least 103 bird species, 18 mammals, and 14 amphibians and reptiles live in and around the lagoon, and many more birds visit during spring and fall migrations. Altogether, over 200 bird species have been observed.

In 1981 the Buena Vista Lagoon Foundation was formed to promote public awareness of the benefits and beauty of the lagoon.

Be sure to visit the Audubon Nature Center for more information about the lagoon.


BVAS conducts a monthly lagoon bird count on the fourth Saturday of each month. All members are urged to participate in this activity, which affords a perfect opportunity to explore this beautiful natural area and learn more about its inhabitants. Between 40 and 60 bird spiecies are regularly observed on these counts.

A Great Blue Heron hides in the rushes

White Pelicans and Double-Crested Cormorants
catch some rays on one of the lagoon's islands


Black-Necked Stilt at Lagoon Landing

Click here for a map of the lagoon

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