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

January 25, 2020
  • Saturday Birding - Saanichton Bay Park Again

    January 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Saanichton Bay Park, Central Saanich, BC V8M 2C1, Canada

    Repeat of Last Week! You are welcome to join the VNHS Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Saanichton Bay Park. As this is a birding hot spot for wintering waterfowl, we should see loons, grebes, diving ducks and dabbling ducks. It is also a good area for passerines. 

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot off Mount Newton Cross Rd just a short distance past the all ways stop with Lochside Drive. Watch for the Central Saanich Park sign on the left. There were few people who showed up due to the weather so we are repeating last week. Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information.

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January 26, 2020
  • Common Mosses of the Victoria Area

    January 26, 2020
    Victoria, BC, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Common Mosses of the Victoria Area

    Our trip leader Kem Luther has stated that if we learn just 20 of the common moss species in the area that we will recognize about 95 percent of the moss plants we see in the woods around Victoria. Kem will show us most of the twenty to get us started. 

    You must pre-register as the number of participants will be limited to minimize habitat damage and allow optimal exchange of information. So register early. You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one and dress for the weather. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634 for further information such as time and place and to register.

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January 27, 2020
  • Marine snails

    January 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

    MARINE NIGHT
    Marine snails: shape changes during development and evolution
    Gastropod molluscs (“snails”) have evolved feeding structures to utilize a diversity of food sources. Some gastropods have retained the ancestral pattern of grazing on algae, while others have become suspension feeders, sediment feeders, or predators. Remarkably, however, this diversity has occurred despite the fact that most gastropods begin life as a free-swimming, planktonic larva that must feed on microalgae. Dr. Louise Page, Department of Biology, UVic will explore three questions: 1) How is the larval feeding system of gastropods transformed into the radically different feeding systems of juvenile & adult gastropods, 2) How is this transformation accomplished so quickly, even in predatory gastropods with highly complex feeding systems, and 3) Has the developmental system contributed to the rapid evolutionary diversification of predatory gastropod feeding systems? 

    We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.50.

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