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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.


2022 August 9

    Val George sends a photograph of a species of Pero on the wall of his Oak Bay house this morning. Pero is a difficult genus, and we can’t be certain which species this one is.

Pero sp. (Lep.: Geometridae)  Val George

2022 August 8 evening

    Jeremy Tatum writes:  This one was at my Saanich apartment this morning.  Thanks to Libby Avis for identifying it as Oligia divesta.


Oligia divesta (Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jeremy Tatum

   Jochen Möhr writes from Metchosin:   Pine Whites are definitely here.

   Yesterday, we had some Nature-Buff Friends over, and I asked them whether they had spotted any Pine Whites yet.  The answer was negative.   A few minutes later, we saw one fly past the front of the Douglas Fi...


August 13, 2022
  • Island View Beach Park Birding

    August 13, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
    Island View Beach Regional Park, 3215 Island View Rd, Saanichton, BC V8M 1W3, Canada

    Island View Beach Park Birding


    Join the Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Island View Beach Park. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at  the north end of the parking lot. It’s the time of year that we might find some interesting shorebirds on their return migration and we will still see a few beach flowers in the dunes as we walk along. We'll walk as far north as the Park boundary on the ocean side and turn back from there, walking on the trail away from the water to check for other interesting birds. There are several side trails to explore off that main one. To reach Island View Beach, go north on the Pat Bay highway, turn right at the lights at Island View Rd (Michell's Market) and follow that to a left on Homathko Rd that leads to the parking lot. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.


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August 20, 2022
  • Saturday Birding - No Outing this Sat Aug 20

    August 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

    See Outing on Monday August 22 instead.

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

    Organiser: Victoria Natural History Society

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August 22, 2022
  • Sidney Spit Birding (Level 3)

    August 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sidney Spit Marine Park, Southern Gulf Islands, BC V0N 2Y0, Canada

    YOU MUST GET YOUR TICKETS ASAP IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THIS TRIP. It’s the time of year to make the trek over to Sidney Spit on Sidney Island to look for interesting shorebirds on their southern migration. There are always good ones reported from there – Baird’s Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, maybe even that illusive Buff-breasted Sandpiper we always hope to see! Also close-ups on Purple Martins and we’ll see other passerines in the woods. Many invasive plants have been removed from the Spit to allow more habitat for native plants and areas for nesting birds. Bring a lunch and drinks (no water available on island). Due to the over-crowding on the ferry on the weekend, we have chosen to go during the week. For details on the trip including the ferry and to register, contact Agnes asap at thelynns  at or (250) 721-0634.

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