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.

LATEST POSTS IN INVERTEBRATE ALERT

2021 March 4

 

   We have lots of similar species of tiny spiders in our area, and, like tortricid caterpillars and lots of other groups, we can’t always manage to identify them, so we’ll have to settle for this one, photographed along the Galloping Goose Trail on March 1 by Ian Cooper, as either a linyphiine linyphiid or perhaps a pimoid.

 

Linyphiinae or Pimoidae       Ian Cooper

 

  Spring hasn’t quite arrived yet, but Rosemary Jorna photographed two syrphids in her Kemp Lake ...

2021 March 2

 

   Mr E sends photographs of a weevil, kindly identified by Scott Gilmore as an Obscure Root Weevil Sciopithes obscurus.  Photographs taken on March1, as were all photographs in this posting.

 

Obscure Root Weevil Sciopithes obscurus (Col.: Curculionidae)    Mr E

 

Obscure Root Weevil Sciopithes obscurus (Col.: Curculionidae)    Mr E

 

      Ian Cooper sends photographs of a snail and a slug from Colquitz River Park:

 


Lauria cylindracea (Pul.: Laur...

Calendar

March 6, 2021
  • CANCELLED Saturday Birding

    March 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Victoria, BC, Canada

    Meets every Saturday morning, usually at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. Check here on the Thursday/Friday before to find out the week’s time and location. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome. Non-members can participate up to three times, after which they are expected to join the Society.

    For more details or to find out time & location if it is not described here, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634.

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March 9, 2021
  • Natural History Night and AGM

    March 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Via Zoom

    To join us, please register in advance for this meeting by entering this link in your browser and following the instructions: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctce2orD0uHtWg24I6QXOk6hoMzANClbQc 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please make a note of the passcode to enter when you join the meeting. 

    A brief Annual General Meeting followed by:

    Vancouver Island Wildlife, A Photo Journey 

    Vancouver Island Wildlife, by award-winning nature photographer Catherine Babault, is an amazing photographic journey in the wilderness of Vancouver Island that presents compelling images of elusive wildlife, stunning landscapes, and unique ecosystems. Hear anecdotes and learn nature photography tips as images of local wildlife are being presented. 

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March 16, 2021
  • Botany Night

    March 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Via Zoom

    BOTANY NIGHT 

    Presentation to be determined 

    To join us, please register in advance for this meeting by entering this link in your browser and following the instructions: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lc-iurz8uGd3KIEHapUZIpu3yCI-_LlAO  

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please make a note of the passcode when you register.

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