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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July 15, 2018
  • Olympic Peninsula Cape Flattery

    July 15, 2018 @ 5:45 am - 7:45 pm
    Black Ball Ferry Line, 430 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada

    Field Trip (Level 3) 

    We will be picked up by a small bus/van after getting off the Coho ferry in Port Angeles and head for Cape Flattery. This is the most northern point on the west coast of the continental United States and is one of the closest locations to Victoria where you might see Tufted Puffins. Tatoosh Island and other small islands off the point are home to thousands of seabirds throughout the year and many birds perch or fly around our immediate area. We will observe the birds from platforms that are about a half hour’s walk through the forest from the parking area. Sea Otters are also becoming more common from this point as well. The entire Cape Flattery area is part of the Makah Reservation and it is with their permission that we visit the area. While checking out a few other spots on the way there and back, we may not see too many different birds than at home but the varying habitats make for a very enjoyable experience. These locations will be mostly near sea level and we’ll visit as many interesting sites as time allows. It could be cool or rainy so dress appropriately. Bring a lunch and drinks. 
    Meet at the Black Ball Ferry terminal in the Inner Harbour at 5:45 a.m. for the 6:10 a.m. sailing of the MV Coho. Allow time to park and purchase your ferry ticket that costs about $50 CDN return. The ferry cost is not included in what you prepay. IMPORTANT!! YOU WILL REQUIRE A PASSPORT OR ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENCE FOR GOING THROUGH US CUSTOMS. 
    We will return on the 5:20 p.m. sailing from Port Angeles (90 minute crossing). Also there is usually good birding from the ferry going both ways. Cost of the charter bus and entry to the park is $85.00 CDN. Number of participants is limited so reserve your spot and pay early. VNHS members get priority. You may not book after July 8. First contact Agnes to reserve your spot. Then pay the cost of the tour online (get the link when you reserve) or you can pay by cheque. Send cheque to VNHS, Box 24061 Royal Oak, Victoria BC, V8Z 7E7. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 to reserve or if you need more information.

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July 21, 2018
  • Victoria Butterfly Count Week

    July 21, 2018
    Victoria, BC, Canada

    Saturday, July 21 to Sunday, July 29

    We are always looking for keen-eyed volunteers so get out your field guides. Contact Gordon Hart (count coordi-nator) at (250) 721-1264 or butterflies@vicnhs.bc.ca if you would like to help out.

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July 22, 2018
  • Olympic National Park Hurricane Hill Wildflowers

    July 22, 2018 @ 5:45 am - 7:15 pm
    Black Ball Ferry Line, 430 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada

    Field Trip (Level 4) 
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP IS SHOWN AS JULY 29 IN THE MAGAZINE, BUT IT HAD TO BE CHANGED DUE TO A TRAIL CLOSURE.

    We will be picked up by a small bus/van after getting off the Coho ferry and it will take us up the hill to Hurricane Ridge in Washington’s Olympic National Park to enjoy the subalpine flowers at their peak. Most wildflowers at sea level have finished flowering for the season by then but up higher where we are going, they will still be in full bloom. This area has a vast array of wildflowers, many easily seen from this trail. Your bonus for going on the trip is a list with the names of all the plants on it. We also often get close-up views of the Olympic Marmots, including their young ones, plus the butterflies are usually very good. Sometimes we see nesting birds such as Horned Larks, pipits and maybe grouse. We get dropped off right at the base of the Hurricane Hill Trail. We will then take a leisurely pace so as to enjoy all the flowers and the fabulous views. Although the weather is generally sunny and clear, due to the high elevation, it could be quite cool or rainy so dress appropriately. Also wear sturdy footwear and hiking poles might be handy but the trail is mostly very well surfaced. Bring a lunch and drinks. 

    Meet at the Black Ball Ferry terminal in the Inner Harbour at 5:45 a.m. for the 6:10 a.m. sailing of the MV Coho. Allow time to park and purchase your ferry ticket that costs about $50 CDN return. The ferry cost is not included in what you prepay. IMPORTANT!! YOU WILL REQUIRE A PASSPORT OR ENHANCED DRIV-ER’S LICENCE FOR GOING THROUGH US CUSTOMS. We will return on the 5:20 p.m. sailing from Port Angeles (90 minute crossing). Also there is usually good birding from the ferry. Cost of the charter bus and entry to the park is $80.00 CDN. Number of participants is limited so reserve your spot early. VNHS members get priority. Please do not book before July 6 or after July 22. First contact Agnes to reserve your spot. Then pay the cost of the tour online (get the link when you reserve) or you can pay by cheque. Send cheque to VNHS, Box 24061, Victoria BC, V8Z 7E7. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 to reserve or if you need more information.

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