Victoria Natural
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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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May 24, 2019
  • Goldstream Heights - Higher Elevation Birding

    May 24, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 am
    Helmcken Road Park & Ride, St Giles St S, View Royal, BC V9B, Canada

    Bonus Friday event!

    We will go up the Malahat to the area high above Shawnigan Lake to see what birds are enjoying the wide open spaces in an area that has been clear-cut a number of years back. Each year as small trees and shrubs come back, so do more birds. It’s one of the few spots that you may hear or see both species of grouse that we have locally. Also lots of the migrant flycatchers, vireos and warblers lurk in the bushes. Several different sparrows should be singing everywhere.

    Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Helmcken Park & Ride to car-pool. Contact Rick at (250) 885-2454 or Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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May 25, 2019
  • Birding the Power Line off Stewart Mountain Road

    May 25, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
    691 Stewart Mountain Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 6E4, Canada

    Join us in this very productive birding area. This trail, mostly under power lines, is a great place to see warblers, vireos and flycatchers. This is the most reliable spot for MacGillivray’s Warbler.

    Take the Trans-Canada Highway to the Millstream Road exit. Follow signs to the Highlands and you will be on Millstream Road. Turn right at Stewart Mountain Road and meet at the mailboxes at 7:00 a.m. Contact Rick at (250) 885-2454 or Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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May 26, 2019
  • Observatory Hill (Little Saanich Mountain) Birding Walk

    May 26, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
    5071 W Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7, Canada

    Join us on a birding walk up and around Little Saanich Mountain. Flycatchers, Western Tanagers, House Wrens and a variety of woodpeckers are some of the birds we might find. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the bottom of the road leading up the mountain (5071 West Saanich Road).

    Contact Rick at (250) 885-2454 or Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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