Victoria Natural
History Society
Sharing a love of nature since 1944

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The Victoria Natural History Society (VNHS) formed in 1944 and currently has about 750 members. We are a volunteer-run organization. Members have developed their interest in nature in a wide variety of ways—some are professional biologists, others are students, most are amateur or volunteer naturalists. VNHS provides an opportunity for those interested in the natural world to come together to share their ideas and experiences.
The Victoria Natural History Society offers many field trips and presentations each month for its members. Note that while evening presentations are open to the public, field trips are designed for members. Guests may join for up to three trips, after which they are expected to join the Society. If you like what you see, please support VNHS by becoming a member and/or making a donation.
The primary objectives of the Society are:
  • To stimulate active interest in natural history
  • To study and protect flora and fauna and their habitats
  • To work with other societies and like bodies having interests in common with this Society.

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November 22, 2017
  • Bring Back the Bluebirds Update

    November 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada


    In 2012, the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team (GOERT) undertook a five-year project to reintroduce the Western Bluebird to the Cowichan Valley. At the end of the “official” five-year project, the work was taken on by the Cowichan Valley Naturalists, who are now looking to expand the efforts to other areas on southern Vancouver Island. Join Genevieve Singleton and Ryan Hetschko for an update on how the project went, and their plans for the future—and how you can help!

    We meet in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Come early to socialize! Presentation begins after VNHS announcements and coffee. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.

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November 26, 2017
  • Birding Panama Flats

    November 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    873 Marigold Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z, Canada


    At this time of year, Panama Flats should have a good selection of waterfowl, raptors and birds of open fields and grasslands. Meet the tripleader, Gordon Hart, at Hyacinth Park at 9 a.m. in the large parking lot on Marigold Road near Interurban Road. We will start from the Colquitz Creek trail walking north, scanning the flats, and explore the duck pond and Panama Hill area.

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November 27, 2017
  • Marine Night: Robinson Crusoe Island

    November 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fraser Building, University of Victoria (Room, 159)

    How did a DFO scientist end up on Robinson Crusoe Island?

    Acoustic surveys performed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada use echosounders to detect and enumerate fish using sound, in tandem with capture nets to identify the species and collect information on the size of fish. The DFO science program is working on the development of alternative and non‐invasive methods to gather this information, for example by deploying underwater cameras where the use of trawls is not possible. Dr. Stéphane Gauthier, Ocean Sciences Division was contacted by colleagues in Chile to test such an alternative approach on a remote island off the central coast of Chile sponsored by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Robinson Crusoe Island is home to a small secluded fishing community and hosts a rich aquatic fauna unique to the Juan Fernandez ridge ecosystem. His team designed an acoustic survey around this island and used echosounders deployed off a small vessel as well as a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) equipped with cameras systems. The project was highly successful, revealing a rich and diversified reef ecosystem.

    Join us in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, Uvic at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
    Note: Uvic parking is $3.

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