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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December 12, 2017
  • Nat. Hist. Night: Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change

    December 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fraser Building, University of Victoria


    The book Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change is the culmination of a project that began in 2003 when Victoria-based photographer/ author Dion Manastyrski travelled back to the prairies to photograph and capture “the story of change” on the prairies. He grew up on a small farm in Saskatchewan on an original homestead built by his grandfather and his father, and even as a child, he was fascinated by abandoned farm buildings, wondering where those people went, and why they left. Dion Manastyrski presents photographs and stories of his experiences throughout this project that documents the past 150 or so years of agriculture in the rural prairies, focusing especially on recent changes including the disappearance of the family farm, the continuing shift to larger-scale farming, rural depopulation of the past 40 years or so, and the continued effects that the recent industrialization of farming is having upon the natural ecosystems and wildlife of the prairies.

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

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December 16, 2017

    December 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Victoria, BC, Canada


    The BCVI 15 mile diameter circle is centred on the Marigold/Interurban area. Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be an expert birder to participate. Novices will be teamed up with more experienced counters. If you are curious, interested, would like to see lists and pictures of the region’s winter birds, or just need more information, please check out the VNHS website ( ).

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December 17, 2017
  • Sidney and Islands Christmas Bird Count

    December 17, 2017
    Sidney, BC, Canada

    Sunday, December 17
    See page 11 in Nov/Dec Victoria Naturalist Magazine or for details.

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