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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2022 November 29

    Ron Flower sends a picture of a bug that he found when he was cleaning out his bird-houses:

Brochymena (probably affinis) (Hem.: Pentatomidae)  Ron Flower

   Cheryl Hoyle sends photographs of a Winter  Moth from View Royal:

Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Cheryl Hoyle

Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Cheryl Hoyle

 

   Val George sends a photograph of a moth from his Oak Bay house, November 27

Erannis defoliaria/vancouverens...

2022 November 27

   Technical note: Contributors may have noticed that for a long time their photographs were being reproduced on Invert Alert at rather a small size.  In most cases this was a result of a computer problem that I could not overcome.  I seem to have partially solved the problem now, and most photographs will be shown at a decent size. The only problem now is that I cannot see the posting on my computer before I press the Send button, and I have to hope for the best.

  Today:...

Calendar

December 3, 2022
  • Saturday Birding - Langford Lake Christmas Bird Count Tune-up

    December 3, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Langford Lanes, 1097 Langford Pkwy, Victoria, BC V9B 0A5, Canada

    Saturday Birding - Langford Lake Christmas Bird Count Tune-up
    FIELD EVENT (Level 2)

    Meet at Langford Lanes parking lot on Langford Parkway at 8:30 a.m. for a chance to tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. This trip will cover the area around Langford Lake. Bring your walking shoes, field guide and note-pad. This is a regular Saturday Birding Group outing but it is also a great opportunity for novice or near-novice Christmas Bird Counters to get in some practice. 

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

    Organiser: Victoria Natural History Society

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December 10, 2022
  • Saturday Birding - Esquimalt Lagoon Christmas Bird Count Tune-up

    December 10, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood, BC, Canada

    Saturday Birding - Esquimalt Lagoon Christmas Bird Count Tune-up
    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
    Meet at the bridge at Esquimalt Lagoon at 8:00 a.m. for a chance to tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. This trip will cover the ocean birds along the lagoon and will go into the fields back behind the lagoon to provide a variety of birds. Bring your walking shoes, field guide and note-pad. This is a regular Saturday Birding Group outing but it is also a great opportunity for novice or near-novice Christmas Bird Counters to get in some practice. Contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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December 13, 2022
  • Natural History Night

    December 13, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Natural History Night
    It's Tough To Be Tiny
    Did you know that some sea slugs shoot microscopic toxic darts? That baby planthoppers line up their legs with gears to direct their superpowered leaps? Or that Hawaiian bobtail squid carry glowing bacteria in their bellies to wrap themselves in an invisibility cloak? Join children’s author Kim Ryall Woolcock to learn about the hidden talents of small creatures. Explore how their superpowers let them stay safe, hunt for their lunch, and buddy up with bigger creatures for the benefit of both. In this family-friendly presentation, you’ll also learn a bit about the process of writing a children’s science book.
    Please register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkduyhrT8qGdxhq7Fe6SRfFW37q3zDO4tj Or go to the VNHS online calendar and click on the December 13 Natural History Night description for the link and instructions on how to join.

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