Victoria Natural
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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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March 17, 2018
  • Saturday Birding - Beaver & Elk Lake

    March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Elk / Beaver Lake Regional Park, Patricia Bay Hwy, Victoria, BC V8Y 2T6, Canada

    TheVNHS Saturday Morning Birding Group will go to Beaver & Elk Lake this Sat Mar17 starting at 8:00 am. We will be mostly concentrating on Beaver Lake andtowards the south end of Elk Lake. We will start at the big parking lot atBeaver Lake and go up towards the Rowing Club. After returning to the startpoint, we may make a pass around to the Retriever Ponds. To reach the parkinglot where we start, turn on to Beaver Lake Road off Elk Lake Drive (parallelsthe Pat Bay Highway). There is a large Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park sign at theBeaver Lake Road intersection. Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes atthelynns at for more information.

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  • Stroll through Uplands Park

    March 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Uplands Park, Beach Dr, Victoria, BC V8R 6L2, Canada


    Stroll through Uplands Park and Cattle Point

    Commencing at 1 p.m., join Rick Searle for a stroll through Uplands Park and Cattle Point. The lilies may be starting to show by then and spring migrants may have begun to arrive. Some of the trails may be flooded, so gumboots are advised. Participants can meet Rick in the Cattle Point parking lot for an hour to 1 ½ hour stroll through the park. For additional information, call 778-533-0266.

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March 18, 2018
  • Birding in Parksville

    March 18, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Birding in Parksville

    Come to see the spectacle of the annual Pacific Herring spawn. Massive numbers of sea ducks and gulls follow the herring in close so we can observe the birds feeding on the herring roe. We can also enjoy the beginning of the congregation of the Brant Geese in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area and vicinity. Bring a lunch and dress warmly as it is often chilly by the water. We will carpool and start from Victoria at 7:00 a.m. You must pre-register by contacting Agnes after March 5. First nine people to sign up have the option of coming in her van. Others to carpool by pre-arrangement. Cost to come in the van or carpool with others will be about $20.00 per person. Participants will be limited to minimize number of cars. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721- 0634 for more information and to register.

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