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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November 19, 2019
  • What are mycoheterotrophs?

    November 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Swan Lake - The Nature House, Saanich, BC V8X 2B1, Canada


    What are the mycoheterotrophs… and what are they doing?
    Andy Mackinnon describes mycoheterotrophs—plants that lack chlorophyll and so can’t manufacture their own sugars through photosynthesis—hence ‘heterotrophs’. These plants are dependent on mycorrhizal fungal partners for at least part of their life cycles. Most plant guides erroneously describe mycoheterotrophs as saprobes, meaning that they derive their nutrition from decaying organic matter. The truth is much more interesting. This presentation will explore the nature and meaning of mycoheterotrophy (and mixotrophy), and illustrate concepts with local examples. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House, 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

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November 25, 2019
  • Marine Night

    November 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

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  • Marine Night - Warm Anomalies in the Ocean

    November 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada


    Recent Warm Anomalies in the Ocean: The Blob and Links to Climate Change
          In late 2013 the Northeast Pacific Ocean gradually warmed relative to our historic records. By February 2014, a patch of over a thousand square kilometers and 100 metres deep was nearly three degrees Celsius warmer than usual. Dr. Richard Dewey of Ocean Networks Canada will review the causes and consequences of this event, and suggest possible links to climate shifts in the entire northern hemisphere, including the role of significant changes occurring in the Arctic. 
         We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159, Fraser Building, UVic. Everyone is welcome. Parking for the evening is now $3.50.

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