Victoria Natural
History Society
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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January 21, 2018
  • Common Mosses of the Victoria Area

    January 21, 2018


    Our trip leader Kem Luther has stated that if we learn just20 of the common moss species in the area that we will recognize about 95percent of the moss plants we see in the woods around Victoria. Kem will showus most of the twenty to get us started. You must pre-register as the number ofparticipants will be limited to minimizehabitat damage and allow optimal exchange of information. So register early.You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one and dress for theweather. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or 250-721-0634 for furtherinformation and to register.


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January 24, 2018
  • Birder's Night: 31 Years of Birding with Tom Briggs

    January 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

    Things I Learned in 31Years of Birding with Tom Briggs— A Man I Never Met

    David Fraser will bring us insights into changes in BC bird numbers, distributions and nomenclature gained from entering 31 years of bird notes from Victoria birders Tom and Gwen Briggs from 1959 to1990. Can you help solve the mystery of the appearing journals? We meet in Room159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Come early to socialize! Presentation begins after VNHS announcements and coffee. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.

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January 29, 2018
  • Marine Night: Microplastics

    January 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria

    Microplastics in the ocean: what we know, and what we don't.
    Garth Covernton is a PhD student at the University of Victoria studying microplastics. Tiny pieces of plastics smaller than 5 mm are an emerging threat to the ocean’s ecosystems, with ingestion now known to occur in animals ranging from small zooplankton to large baleen whales. The specific effects of microplastics on animals in the wild is still uncertain, yet scientists have shown negative impacts on animals which ingest high concentrations. This presentation will explore how microplastics get into our oceans, their impacts on marine animals, and discuss current work in BC, including by the research group to which Garth belongs: the Ecological Interactions Research Program, based out of Vancouver Island University and the University of Victoria.
    We meet at 7:30 in Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Everyone is welcome.

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