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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February 24, 2019
  • Lichens of the Victoria Area

    February 24, 2019


    Juliet Pendray, an avid naturalist with a significant knowledge of coastal B.C. lifeforms and their ecologies, will lead us on a walk concentrating on Lichens. You must pre-register as the number of participants will be limited to minimize habitat damage and allow optimal exchange of information. You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one and dress for the weather. 

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 after Feb 1 for further information such as time and place and to register.

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February 25, 2019
  • Shellfish Archaeology in B.C.

    February 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada


    The intertidal zone is an exciting place, with many hardy creatures braving the crashing waves and hot sun to make homes in the rocky intertidal splash zone. Many shellfish make their home in the intertidal zone, from the spiky sea urchins and the fancy snails to the hardy clams and bright purple mussels. The food chains in the splash zone are complex and often involve birds and sea otters feasting on the creatures who make their homes there. Meaghan Efford is a graduate student working on shellfish archaeology in Barkley Sound, in particular looking at the dietary role of gooseneck barnacles to the First Nations people. 

    We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic. Everyone welcome! Come early to socialize! Note: UVic parking is $3.

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February 27, 2019
  • The Hummingbirds of British Columbia

    February 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria


    Alison Moran will talk about the hummingbirds we see in B.C., sharing some of what RPBO’s Hummingbird Project has learned about their migration, habitat use and breeding. She will also describe recent research into Rufous Hummingbird diet and some of the team’s investigations into hummingbirds in areas contaminated with agricultural pesticides. 

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

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