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 October 18

    Aziza Cooper writes:  Friday, October 15, this creature was in my home, and I removed it in a jar. Sorry I’m not bold enough to try to take it out.   Jeremy Tatum replies:  You may safely let it out.  It is not aggressive and it won’t attack you.   I’d be inclined not to let it crawl around on your hand.  It has a strong and sharp rostrum.  If you are not sure what its rostrum is, let it crawl on your hand, and you will soon find out.

Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptogloss...

2021 October 17

    Jochen Möhr writes yesterday from Metchosin:  Well, after more than three weeks of absence – since September 23 – and after I had practically given up on checking around the black light, this afternoon  I finally discovered two moths at the ceiling:  Synaxis jubararia and Epirrita autumnataAnd this morning, two Epirrita autumnata and one Noctua pronuba.

 

October Thorn Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geomet...

Calendar

October 23, 2021
  • Saturday Birding - Goldstream Park

    October 23, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Goldstream Park, British Columbia V9B, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
    Goldstream Park
    The VNHS Saturday Morning Birding Group will go to Goldstream Park this Sat Oct 23. Meet at 8:00 am at the parking lot and we will start at the bridge and walk to the Nature House. Besides the Gulls, Eagles and other Raptors that come for the spawning salmon, there also should be birds like American Dipper, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Steller ’s Jay and possible Varied or Hermit Thrush. Also some ducks out on the inlet.
    WE ASK THAT PARTICIPANTS BE DOUBLE VACCINATED, KEEP PHYSICAL DISTANCE BUT IF UNABLE, PUT ON A MASK. 
    For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634.

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October 24, 2021
  • Newly Scheduled - Geology around Victoria

    October 24, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Helmcken Road Park & Ride, St Giles St S, View Royal, BC V9B, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2) 

    Newly Scheduled - Geology around Victoria 

    Change: You must register for this trip to avoid us having too many participants. Contact Agnes to register.

    From Metchosin to Saanich, see the evidence of the movement of continents and ice sheets with Michael Jackson, retired Geology teacher and naturalist. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Helmcken Park and Ride. Bring a lunch and drinks and dress for the weather. Length of outing about 4 hours. 

    VNHS members only for this trip. To register or for more information, contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634. It is anticipated that there will not be enough room for everyone to come this time so we hope that we might have another trip later on. 

    We ask that participants be double vaccinated, keep physical distance but if unable, put on a mask. 

     

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October 25, 2021
  • Introduced Species

    October 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    On Zoom

    MARINE NIGHT

    Ladysmith harbour’s introduced and invasive species, unique to North America

    Rick Harbo, worked for 36 years for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and is now a Research Associate with the Royal BC Museum in Victoria and the author of Whelks to Whales and several other books. He has recently discovered a unique sea sponge that may only be found at the head of Ladysmith’s harbour. He will also talk about other invasive species that have been introduced to that harbour over the years. 

    To join us, please register in advance for this meeting by entering this link in your browser and following the instructions. https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofuqhqTwpH9TqqhavV3l47yVx0Pfdnt5M  

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

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