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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November 18, 2017
  • Snow Geese at Reifel Bird Sanctuary

    November 18, 2017 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm
    48.509003, -123.384436 (Entrance to Elk-Beaver Lake)


    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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  • Saturday Birding - Martindale

    November 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Saanichton, BC V8M, Canada

    The VNHS Saturday Birding Group will be birding around the Martindale area on Sat Nov 18. Meet on Welch Rd just north of Martindale Rd at 8:00 am. Ben van Drimmelen will be your leader. Because of the chance of wet conditions, the outing will be broken up into short bits rather than one long walk. Wear appropriate footwear for potentially mucky conditions. There should be some swans as well as other ducks and such on the fields. For more details, contact Agnes at thelynns at or 250-721-0634.

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November 19, 2017
  • Birding Maber Flats

    November 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Central Saanich Municipality, 1703 Keating Cross Rd, Saanichton, BC V8M 1W9, Canada


    A dedicated group of birders have been birding (and eBirding) Maber Flats every Friday morning for over three years. Join Andrew Harcombe birding their usual route—in addition to Canada Geese, you might see a Cackling Goose, maybe even a kestrel on the wires or flying by. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the gravel area across from the Central Saanich municipal yard, on Keating Cross-Road.

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