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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February 25, 2017
  • Saturday Birding: Elk-Beaver

    February 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    N48.50899 W123.38995

    Saturday, February 25
    Birding Elk Lake and Beaver Lake
    Come join the VNHS Saturday Birding Group for birding on the 10 km loop around Beaver and Elk Lake. We can make arrangements for some attendees to only go part way around if they wish. Elk Lake is a great place to potentially see Canvasbacks, Redheads or Ruddy Ducks in the winter. Meet at the main parking lot at Beaver Lake at 8:00 a.m. To reach this parking lot, turn on to Beaver Lake Road off Elk Lake Drive (parallels the Pat Bay Highway). There is a large Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park sign at this intersection. Call Rick at (250) 885- 2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at for more information.

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February 27, 2017
  • MARINE NIGHT: Ecology of Salmonids

    February 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    48.465291, -123.316512 (Rm 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria)

    Ecology of Salmonids in Estuaries Around the World

    Biologists have long marvelled at how anadromous salmonids fish that pass from rivers into oceans and back survive, as they migrate between these two very different environments. Based on his recent book published by UBC Press, Colin Levings will present an overview of our current knowledge of how salmonid species around the world are adapted to estuaries. He will also discuss the wide diversity of estuary types found on many continents. His book will be available for sale.

    We meet in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.

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March 5, 2017
  • Looking for signs of spring

    March 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    48.491103, -123.338433 (Mount Douglas Parking Lot)


    We will wander the waterfront areas from Mount Douglas to Dallas Road to check for early flowers. Maybe the big-leaf maple will be starting to leaf out. The Orange-crowned Warbler likes to check for bugs about then and perfectly blends in with the new foliage and flowers. We’ll stop by a spot to see if the salmonberry is out and maybe we can find a newly arrived Rufous Hummingbird checking out these flowers. Also hopefully the delicate satin flowers will be out in an area right near the water. We’ll even try to see if some cactus still grows in between the cracks of a huge rock in one of the little known parks. It is probably too early for the rare Sanicula arctopoides (which has the magical common name “Footsteps of Spring”) but you’ll know where it is so you check back in a couple of weeks. You never know what we’ll find in a sheltered spot to give us a taste of what is to come. Bonus is that we can check out the water birds at the same time. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Mount Douglas parking lot off Cordova Bay Road near the washroom building. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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