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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Calendar

April 10, 2020
  • Satin Flowers and Birds at Juan de Fuca CANCELLED

    April 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Greater Victoria Public Library - Juan de Fuca Branch, 1759 Island Hwy, Victoria, BC V9B 1J1, Canada

    Good Friday, April 10
    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
    CANCELLED Satin Flowers and Birds at Juan de Fuca
    This outing is a great chance to look at the Satin Flowers (Olsynium douglasii) and other early wildflowers without having to climb a big hill. It’s just a short easy walk up to enjoy the flowers as well as the birds who are telling us that spring is here in earnest. The Shooting Stars (Primula hendersonii), Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Monkey Flowers (Mimulus alsinoides) and White Fawn Lilies (Erythronium oregonum) should be in bloom by now.  It is also a great place to check out the birds at the same time, like the Yellow-rumped Warblers at the tops of the nearby trees. 

    Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre (Westshore Parks & Recreation), 1767 Old Island Highway. We will start from the end of the parking lot nearest to town. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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April 11, 2020
  • Birding at Rithet's Bog CANCELLED

    April 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Dalewood Lane, Dalewood Ln, Victoria, BC V8X 5G6, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
    CANCELLED Birding at Rithet's Bog
    Join us as we enjoy a birding walk along the level loop trail around the bog. Virginia Rails and Anna’s Hummingbirds, wetland-loving warblers, Swallows, migrating Teal and other ducks are all possibilities. There should be a number of early migrants around now as well as the considerable resident population of passerines. 

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. along Dalewood Lane (just off Chatterton Way) at the northwest corner of the Bog. Leader is Marie O’Shaughnessy. Call Marie at (250) 598-9680 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information.

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April 12, 2020
  • Early Spring Flowers and Birds CANCELLED

    April 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Gore Park, 1018 Greig Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J6

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2/3)
    CANCELLED Early Spring Flowers and Birds at Gore and Oak Haven Parks

    What better way to take an early walk on Easter Sunday than in these two delightful Saanich Peninsula parks with their exquisite spring wildflowers and plenty of birds. To allow more people to partake in the level section in Gore Park, we will do this park first. Oak Haven Park has a climb to the summit, but it is not terribly strenuous or long. 

    Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the entrance to Gore Park. To reach Gore Park, proceed along Benvenuto Dr towards Butchart Gardens. Turn right on Amwell Dr. Follow Amwell Dr to reach Greig Rd. Turn right to the park entrance on the right. We usually walk to Oak Haven from Gore Park and return. Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information.

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