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 13, 2018
  • Natural History Night

    November 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

    TBAEach month from September to April on the second Tuesday, the Victoria Natural History Society presents a talk on some aspect of Natural History.

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  • The Peace River Valley

    November 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada


    The Peace River Valley: A Treasure Trove of Natural History
    The Peace River Valley in northeast B.C. is a living laboratory for scientists to study outlier species like prickly pear cacti. But now this rare low-elevation valley and migratory bird corridor is under threat, and scientists are rushing to document its biodiversity and search for new and unexpected species before they are forever lost to science. In this presentation, award-winning journalist Sarah Cox tells the story of the Peace River Valley’s astonishing natural wealth and shares insights from her new book Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro. 

    We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building at the University of Victoria. Everyone is welcome. Please feel free to bring a friend. Note: UVic parking is $3.

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November 17, 2018
  • Snow Geese at Reifel Bird Sanctuary

    November 17, 2018 @ 5:45 am - 6:45 pm
    Elk Lake Drive, Elk Lake Dr, Saanich, BC V8Z, Canada


     Come and see the annual Snow Goose spectacle at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Every November, thousands of Snow Geese stop-over in this part of the Fraser River delta. There is normally time to visit Boundary Bay or another site as well. Past trips have produced up to 80 species of birds for the day. Bring a lunch and drinks as we will not be stopping for refreshments. Dress warmly as it can be windy near the water. We go rain or shine. 
    Participants will carpool from in front of the Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park Sign on Elk Lake Drive at 5:45 a.m. for the 7:00 a.m. ferry sailing. We plan to return on the 5:00 p.m. sailing. You must pre-register by contacting Agnes. First 8 people to sign up have the option of coming in her van. Others to carpool by pre-arrangement as number of cars are limited. Cost to come in the van or carpool with others will be about $70 for the day from Victoria plus $5.00 entry fee to Reifel. 
    Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 to confirm attendance.

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