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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April 26, 2017
  • Birder's Night: Birds of the Western Front

    April 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    48.465291, -123.316512 (Rm 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria)


    NOTE CHANGE: Unfrortunately, Dr. Bird is unable to present. In his place, Alan MacLeod will present ‘Birds of the Western Front’

    What was the impact of artillery barrages, poison gas, incessant machine gun fire and bombing raids on the birdlife of Flanders and northern France in the years of the Great War, 1914-1918? Were there birders among the warriors at the Front? What importance did birds have for ordinary soldiers struggling to survive day-to-day in the trenches? One hundred years after the horrific Battle of Vimy Ridge, join Alan MacLeod, birder, historian and author of Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada’s Great War Memorial Statuary to contemplate answers to such questions.

    We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building at the University of Victoria. Everyone welcome! Come early to socialize! Presentation will follow announcements and a brief break. Note: UVic parking is $3.

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April 29, 2017
  • 26th Annual Camas Day

    April 29, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
    Beacon Hill Loop, Victoria, BC V8V, Canada


    For the past 26 years, the Friends of Beacon Hill Park Society and the Victoria Natural History Society have co-sponsored this event in Beacon Hill Park. Each year, there is a wide choice of hourly walks starting with Birding at 7 a.m. till early afternoon. Themes such as Birds, Wildflowers, Archaeology, First Nations culture and other aspects of the Garry Oak Habitat will be covered. Final subjects and leaders are not yet confirmed but you can check the Friends of Beacon Hill Park Society website now for the typical schedule and talks. The website will be updated as soon as this year’s talks are finalized. For further information, email or call 250-592-6659.

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April 30, 2017
  • EVENT CHANGE - Searching for Mist Maidens in Devonian Park

    April 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Devonian Park, -4749 Canada, 4705 William Head Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 3Y7, Canada

    Due to the Times Colonist 10K Event happening at the same time, the visit to the Royal BC Museum Native Plant Garden has been cancelled. See below for details on the replacement event:
    Metchosin’s Devonian Park is a great place to enjoy both birds and wildflowers as we meander along towards the seashore. We will be joined by CRD Volunteer Steward Moralea Milne. She has been a big part of the enormous effort in eradicating several invasive plant species from this park so we can savour the spring wildflowers that should be at their peak right now. When we get near the seashore, Moralea will show us the hard-to-find delicate little wildflower called Mist Maidens (Romanzoffia tracyi). As we poke along the beach, we’ll stop to enjoy the fabulous views of the Olympics if it’s a clear day and see if we can spot any of the river otters, harbour seals or orcas that are common in this area. Meet at 1:00 pm at the parking lot at the entrance to the park. Devonian Park is on William Head Rd. To reach William Head Rd, either continue to the end of Metchosin Rd or use Happy Valley Rd. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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