To know nature & keep it worth knowing

The Victoria Natural History Society is a volunteer-run organization where members can share and develop their interest in nature.



PO Box 5220 Stn B Victoria, BC, V8R 6N4


Charitable Registration 119284347 RT0001

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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October 29, 2016
  • Saturday Birding - Panama Flats

    October 29, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    N48.46976 W123.40261

    The VNHS Saturday Birding Group will go to Panama Flats this Sat Oct 29. Meet at 8:00 am at the small parking lot near the playground. To reach this meeting place, turn off Interurban Rd at Hyacinth and follow the road to the end. Now that the water has returned to this area, there will be lots to see. Also there should be some Sparrows and other birds of interest around the edges..

    For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at or 250-721-0634.

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October 31, 2016
  • Marine Night

    October 31, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Murray and Anne Fraser Building, MacGill Rd, University of Victoria


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  • Giant Pacific Octopus

    October 31, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Murray and Anne Fraser Building, MacGill Rd, University of Victoria

    No Mother Could Give More
    British Columbia is known as the home of the world’s largest octopus, the giant Pacific octopus. Come and hear Jim Cosgrove, a retired Royal British Columbia Museum biologist, talk about his 45 years of observations on this fascinating animal. Jim will use slides and video to document much of the life history of these animals with emphasis on their reproduction. Jim will also have a limited number of copies of his book SUPER SUCKERS—The Giant Pacific Octopus and other Cephalopods of the North Pacific, available for sale. $25, cash only please. Come and celebrate Halloween with the “Devilfish”!

    Meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Free. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!

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