To know nature & keep it worth knowing

The Victoria Natural History Society is a volunteer-run organization where members can share and develop their interest in nature.



PO Box 5220 Stn B Victoria, BC, V8R 6N4


Charitable Registration 119284347 RT0001

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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January 22, 2017
  • Common Mosses of the Victoria Area

    January 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Matheson Lake Regional Park, Matheson Lake Park Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 4H9, Canada


    Our trip leader Kem Luther has stated that if we learn just 20 of the common mosses in the area that we will have covered about 95% of the total number of mosses in the Victoria area. Kem will show us most of the twenty at Matheson Lake Park to get us started. You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one.

    Meet at the main parking lot at 1:00 p.m. To reach the park, take Happy Valley Road to Rocky Point Road. Watch for the park sign on the right. Number of participants will be limited to minimize damage to the fragile habitat so register early.

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at or 250-721- 0634 to register or for further information.

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January 25, 2017
  • Birder's Night: Song Sparrows of Mandarte Island

    January 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    48.465291, -123.316512 (Rm 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria)


    Mandarte Island, known to locals for its breeding seabirds, is home to a resident population of song sparrows that has been well studied for more than 40 years. Studied by Frank Tompa in 1960, and Jamie Smith in 1975, research has continued under Peter Arcese since the 1980's. The Mandarte song sparrow dataset is unique for its longevity and comprehensive monitoring protocols that have enabled us to understand the fate of all birds on the island, as well as their relatedness to one another. Recent Master's graduate Merle Crombie is a former field assistant on Mandarte and investigated a suite of factors that influenced nest success over 39 years. She'll be discussing how cowbirds, inbreeding, climate, maternal age, breeding densities, and the spread of invasive vegetation have influenced nest success in this population over the long-term.

    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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  • Birder's Night

    January 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    48.465291, -123.316512 (Rm 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria)

    Topic TBA

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