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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September 17, 2019
  • Cryptic Lives of Fungi

    September 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Swan Lake - The Nature House, Saanich, BC V8X 2B1, Canada


    Portraits of Endophytes: The Cryptic Lives of Fungi Within The Leaves Of Trees
    Virtually all healthy leaves are colonized by fungi that are collectively called endophytes. These fungi are very diverse and include species with complex life histories and a bewildering range of plant hosts. Similar to the human microbiome, endophytes may have a profound effect on plant health, influencing resistance to a variety of stresses such as drought, soil toxicity, and even insect and pathogen attack. This meandering presentation by Joey Tanney will provide insight into the identification and natural history of these ubiquitous yet mysterious fungi — and guarantee that your walks in the forest will never be the same. 

    Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House, 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

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September 25, 2019
  • Birders' Night

    September 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

    Room 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic

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  • 10,000 km Pelagic Trip

    September 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada


    A 10,000 km Pelagic Trip from Japan to Vancouver
    Last May, 16 birders made their way to Yokohama, Japan to board a cruise ship headed to Vancouver. Jim Cosgrove, Rob Gowan, and Ann Nightingale will present on behalf of the group, sharing slides and stories from Japan, Russia, the north Pacific, Alaska and the Inside Passage. The 15-day cruise stopped in Otaru (Japan), Petropavlovsk (Russia), Seward, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan (Alaska) before reaching Vancouver. 
    We meet in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Come early to socialize! Presentation begins after VNHS announcements and coffee. Everyone is welcome.

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