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 24, 2017
  • Hidden World of Whales

    April 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    48.465291, -123.316512 (Rm 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria)


    Most whale behaviour is conducted underwater out of sight where they employ ‘invisible’ acoustics as their principle means of finding food, navigating, and communicating. Dr. Rianna Burnham is a post-doc in the Whale Lab at UVic who is exploring how ecology and acoustic studies can be used to ‘see’ into the lives of some of the largest animals on the planet. Bones, photographs, video, recordings, and results from cutting edge research will be used to aid the discussion.

    We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Rm 159 of the Fraser Building at the University of Victoria. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3

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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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