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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.


2021 July 29 evening

    Yesterday, Grace Morris photographed this bug in Duncan:


Banasa Bug Banasa dimiata (Hem.: Pentatomidae)  Grace Morris

   Aziza Cooper photographed two bees and a spider in a friend’s garden near Cook and Hillside, Victoria.


Bombus vosnesenskii (Hym.: Apidae)  Aziza Cooper



 Bombus vosnesenskii (Hym.: Apidae)  Aziza Cooper



Araneus diadematus (Ara.: Araneidae)   Aziza Cooper

   Jeremy Tatum shows a caterpillar found at Royal Roads University today:


2021 July 29 morning

Ron Flower sends photographs of an Anise Swallowtail and a Black Saddlebags from McIntyre Reservoir, Central Saanich, July 26.


Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon (Lep.: Papilionidae)  Ron Flower

Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata (Odo.: Libellulidae)  Ron Flower


Grace Morris sends a photograph of a caterpillar of a Ceanothus Silk Moth from a pine tree in her garden in Duncan.


Ceanothus Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus (Lep.: Saturniidae)   Grace Morris

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August 1, 2021
  • Monthly Butterfly Outing

    August 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Mount Tolmie Park, 3492 Mayfair Dr #3486, Victoria, BC V8P 4P9, Canada


    Monthly Butterfly Outing

    Join Gordon Harton our monthly Butterfly outing. Each outing is intended to help us learn more about our local butterflies. This outing is weather dependent. It needs to be warm and sunny to make it worthwhile. We will start at the top of Mount Tolmie (off Cedar Hill Cross Rd). Meet at 1:00 pm in the lot by the reservoir where we will have an initial look for butterflies and then decide where to go from there. Contact Gordon at (250) 721-1264 or butterflies@vicnhs.bc.cafor more information.

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August 14, 2021
  • Island View Beach Birding

    August 14, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
    Island View Beach Regional Park, 3215 Island View Rd, Saanichton, BC V8M 1W3, Canada


    Island View Beach & Saanichton Spit Birding

    Join the Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Island View Beach and Saanichton Spit. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the north end of the parking lot. It’s the time of year that we might find some interesting shorebirds on their return migration and we will still see a few beach flowers in the dunes as we walk along. Ask the leader to show you a Black Widow Spider if that interests you. Most people don’t even know they are there. To reach Island View Beach, go north on the Pat Bay highway, turn right at the lights at Island View Rd (Michell's Market) and follow that to a left on Homathko Rd which leads to the parking lot. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

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August 23, 2021
  • Sidney Spit Birding

    August 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    The Pier Bistro, 2550 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1Y2, Canada


    Sidney Spit Birding

    Caution, this date may change so please communicate with Agnes closer to the day to confirm the date. It’s the time of year to make the trek over to Sidney Spit on Sidney Island to look for interesting shorebirds on their southern migration. There are always good ones reported from there – Baird’s Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, maybe even that illusive Buff-breasted Sandpiper we always hope to see! Also close-ups on Purple Martins and we’ll see other passerines in the woods. You will be impressed with the recent removal of invasives plants from the Spit to allow more habitat for native plants and areas for nesting birds. Bring a lunch and drinks (no drinking water available on island). Due to the over-crowding on the ferry on the weekend, we have chosen to go during the week. We will go over on the ferry from Sidney that leaves at 10:00 a.m. You must book the ferry online in advance ( The return ferry leaves the island at 1:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. so you can choose how long you wish to stay. Cost is $19 for adults ($16 seniors). Ferry now leaves from the foot of Bevan Ave. Allow enough time to find a place to park. Parking rates vary on how far you are willing to walk. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information and to tell her if you are planning to come.

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