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.

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April 19, 2019
  • Flowers and Birds at Gore and Oak Haven Parks

    April 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Gore Nature Park, 1018 Greig Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J6, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2/3) 

    Early Spring Flowers and Birds at Gore and Oak Haven Parks
    What better way to spend Good Friday than in these two delightful Saanich Peninsula parks with their exquisite spring wildflowers and plenty of birds. To allow more people to partake in the level section in Gore Park, we will do this park first. Oak Haven Park has a climb to the summit but it is not terribly strenuous or long. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the entrance to Gore Park. To reach Gore Park, proceed along Benvenuto Dr towards Butchart Gardens. Turn right on Amwell Dr. Follow Amwell Dr to reach Greig Rd. Turn right to the park entrance on the right. We usually walk to Oak Haven from Gore Park and return. Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information.

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April 20, 2019
  • Jocelyn Hill Birds and Wildflowers

    April 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    718 Emma Dixon Rd Victoria, BC V9B 6J3

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 4)
    Enjoy all that Jocelyn Hill has to Offer
    Join Rick to enjoy the wildflowers and the birds as well. Our goal is to see the gold stars (Crocidium multicaule) in bloom but we will not be disappointed if we miss them as there is an amazing array of other delights and great panoramic views from the ridge. We might see a Golden Eagle on the ridge or hear or see a Sooty Grouse. Please note the trail is steep and challenging but will be taken at a leisurely pace to enjoy the habitat. Bring a lunch and drinks. Meet there at 9:00 a.m. To reach the start, follow the Trans-Canada Highway to Millstream Rd exit. Follow signs to the Highlands and you will be on Millstream Rd. Continue to the junction with Millstream Lake Rd. Keep left to continue on Millstream Rd. Go past Lone Tree Hill Park on your right and watch for Emma Dixon Rd on the left. The trail head is on Millstream Rd just past that intersection. Park on the right-hand-side of the road. Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information.

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April 21, 2019
  • Leisurely Walk up Lone Tree Hill

    April 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Lone Tree Hill Regional Park - Main Parking Lot, 1452 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 6G1, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 3)

    This little knoll is a treasure trove of spring wildflowers and interesting birds. The trail is a gradual climb but we take it at a leisurely pace to enjoy the habitat. It’s also a good opportunity on the way up to practice listening for the different birds. As well as the residents, a few of the migrating birds are back on the hill by now. We should be able to enjoy the returning Orange-crowned Warbler singing his heart out. It’s a bit early for the full diversity of plant species but it’s fun to see which flowers are the early ones in the long progression of blooms that we enjoy in Victoria. We also get to take in the fantastic views from this high viewpoint when we reach the top. Starts at 9:00 a.m. To get to the park, follow the Trans-Canada Highway to Millstream Rd exit. Follow signs to the Highlands and you will be on Millstream Rd. Continue to the junction with Millstream Lake Rd. Keep left to continue on Millstream Rd to the park entrance on the right. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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