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 27, 2019
  • Florence Lake & Langford Lake Birding

    July 27, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
    Springboard Place, Victoria, BC V9B, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2) 

    Florence Lake & Langford Lake Birding
        Join the Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Florence Lake and Langford Lake. We will meet at the boardwalk at Florence Lake at 7:30 am. To reach our starting point, go out the Island Highway and take Exit 15 McCallum Rd. Turn right at the stop and you will be on McCallum/Spencer Rd. Turn left on Springboard Pl (formerly Brock Ave). Park at end of road (not in turnaround) where we will meet. It’s about a half block to the boardwalk from there with a great view of the lake. 
        Listen for Soras or Virginia Rails. Sometimes we’ll get Steller’s Jays and Band-tailed Pigeons and other birds not that common in town. After that, we will continue to Langford Lake. To get there, return on McCallum/Spencer Rd to the corner by the Shell station. Curve around the front of the gas station on to the frontage road that leads to the Leigh Rd overpass. Left at Leigh Rd and cross the highway on the overpass. Turn right on Goldstream Ave. Park at the west end of Goldstream Ave just before it dead ends at the highway. Meet at the parking pullout and the group will meander down to the boardwalk from there. The marshy area often yields interesting birds as well as the walk through the forest to the lake usually gives us woodpeckers and other good woodsy birds. 

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

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July 28, 2019
  • Olympic Peninsula Excursion

    July 28, 2019 @ 5:45 am - 6:45 pm
    Black Ball Ferry Line, 430 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada

    Sunday, July 28
    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 3)
    Olympic Peninsula Sol Duc Fall, Marymere Falls and Lake Crescent
         We get picked up by a small bus/van after getting off the Coho ferry in Port Angeles and we are going to head east and a bit south from Port Angeles to enter Olympic National Park. We will start by going along the south edge of the beautiful deep Lake Crescent and then south towards Sol Duc Falls. We will travel through the Sol Duc Valley alongside the river enjoying the old growth trees amid a lush rainforest landscape. We’ll make a few scenic stops before we reach the Sol Duc Falls area. There is a short hike to reach the falls and we will spend a while enjoying the area before turning back towards Lake Crescent. We will have our lunch at a scenic spot and then climb along the moss and fern covered area up the gentle hill to Marymere Falls. With what time we have left before returning for the ferry, we will explore some of the trails nearby that are close to the glacier-fed crystal clear Lake Crescent. Throughout the day, we will watch and listen for birds along the way. We may not see too many different ones than at home but seeing them in the varying habitats adds to our enjoyment of the day.                            Although the weather is usually good at this time of year, it could be cool or rainy so dress appropriately. Also have sturdy foot wear and hiking poles might be handy but the trail is mostly reasonably 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 (now must find a pay parking lot) and purchase your ferry ticket that costs about $50 CDN return. The parking and ferry costs are 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. Limited number of participants so reserves your spot and pay early. VNHS members get priority. You may not book after Jul 21. 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 (address when you reserve). Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 to reserve or if you need more information.

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August 4, 2019
  • Monthly Butterfly Outing

    August 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Mount Tolmie Park, 3492 Mayfair Dr #3486, Victoria, BC V8P 4P9, Canada

    Sunday August 4
    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
    Monthly Butterfly Outing
    Join Gordon Hart on our monthly Butterfly outing. Each outing is intended to help us learn more about our local butterflies. This outing is weather dependent. It needs to be warm and sunny to make it worthwhile. We will start at the top of Mount Tolmie (off Cedar Hill Cross Rd). 

    Meet at 1:00 p.m. in the lot by the reservoir where we will have an initial look for butterflies and then decide where to go from there. Contact Gordon at (250) 721-1264 or butter-flies@vicnhs.bc.ca for more information.

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