Victoria Natural
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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.


2022 May 20

    May Butterfly Count –  Notice from Gordon Hart:

Hello Butterfly Watchers,
The May count period starts Saturday May 21 until Sunday May 29. This is an informal census of butterfly numbers and species in Greater Victoria. The area is defined by the Christmas Bird Count circle, extending from Victoria to Brentwood Bay and Island View Road in Central Saanich, and west to Happy Valley and Triangle Mountain, and Langford Lake and Goldstream areas.
You can submit a count any time ov...

2022 May 19

  Jochen Möhr sends a photograph of Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata from Metchosin:

  Eupithecia ravocostaliata/nevadata (Lep.: Geometridae)    Jochen Möhr


May 21, 2022
  • Birding Mount Newton

    May 21, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
    Haldon Road & Newton Heights, Haldon Rd & Newton Heights, Central Saanich, BC V8M 1T6, Canada

    Saturday, May 21


    Birding Mount Newton Area

    Join us on this leisurely loop on the south side of Mount Newton looking for spring migrants in this area of mixed forest and large rural lots. This is a great area to see Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Black-throated Gray Warblers and Mourning Doves. Take East Saanich Road to Haldon Road. Meet at the corner of Haldon Road and Newton Heights at 7:00 a.m. 

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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May 23, 2022
  • Natural History Cycling Tour

    May 23, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sooke River Road, Sooke River Rd, British Columbia V9Z, Canada

    Monday, May 23


    Natural History Cycling Tour of the Galloping Goose Trail from Sooke Potholes to Leechtown

    Join Daniel Dönnecke on a cycling tour into the Sooke Hills. We will enjoy the birds and scenery along the way. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Galloping Goose parking lot 2.3 km along Sooke River Road (off Sooke Road). Bring a lunch. 

    You must register with Agnes if you plan to come on this trip. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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May 28, 2022
  • Birding Power line

    May 28, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
    691 Stewart Mountain Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 6E4, Canada

    Saturday May 28


    Birding the Power Line off Stewart Mountain Road

    Join us in this very productive birding area. This trail, mostly under power lines, is a great place to see warblers, vireos and flycatchers. This is the most reliable spot for MacGillivray’s Warbler. Take the Trans-Canada Highway to the Millstream Road exit. Follow signs to the Highlands and you will be on Millstream Road. Turn right on to Stewart Mountain Road and meet at the mailboxes at 7:00 a.m. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

    Organiser: Victoria Natural History Society

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