To know nature & keep it worth knowing

The Victoria Natural History Society is a volunteer-run organization where members can share and develop their interest in nature.



PO Box 5220 Stn B Victoria, BC, V8R 6N4


Charitable Registration 119284347 RT0001

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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September 26, 2016
  • MARINE NIGHT: Glass sponges

    September 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Murray and Anne Fraser Building, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

    Glass sponges—the problems and rewards of spending time with these fascinating ancestral animals.

    Dr. Henry Reiswig has studied glass sponges for 40 years. Glass sponges or Hexactinellida, one of four classes of the phylum Porifera, consist of about 625 known living species characterized by a skeleton of siliceous spicules with triaxial symmetry. They have been around since Precambrian times and are arguably the first group of animals to have evolved. They have had their periods of geological importance during the Mesozoic where they built impressive, expansive deep-sea reefs and continue to form living reefs along the west coast of North America. Forty years ago he says there was little interest in this group of sponges. Times have indeed changed.

    Meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Free. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!

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September 28, 2016
  • Birder's Night: The Bald Eagle

    September 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria

    The Bald Eagle: from Victoria in 1953 to Today.
    Few species have responded to human attention as have the bald eagles. When David Hancock started watching eagles in the early 1950s in and around Victoria they were rare, distrustful and darn right hard to find. Today some people consider them overabundant in specific locations. That story of change is really due to the change in human attitudes—we have adapted to eagles and they have accepted us. David’s 65 years of following this mutual befriending is the story of his illustrated talk. Bring your favorite eagle story.

    Meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Free. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!

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October 1, 2016
  • Juan de Fuca Pelagic Birding

    October 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
    950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

    Juan de Fuca Pelagic Birding
    We have once again hired the boat Fantasea II to go from Victoria Harbour out into the Juan De Fuca Strait and towards Race Rocks to find some of the pelagic species that feed there. Possible birds include shearwaters, murrelets, auklets, jaegers, Northern Fulmar, many species of gulls, phalaropes and other pelagics. We generally are able to go through Race Rocks to see close-up the variety of sea lions and seals who laze on the rocks there. We are sometimes treated to views of whales if they are in the area.

    There is room for 20 people. The cost is $70.00 per person for VNHS members, $90.00 for non-members. The trip is 5 hours (9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.). Please book as soon as possible, by Sept. 23 at the latest. First contact Agnes to reserve your spot. Then pay through PayPal (details when you register) or you can pay by cheque. Send cheque to VNHS, Box 5220, Victoria BC, V8R 6N4. See more details about the trip at . Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 to reserve or if you need more information.

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