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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January 19, 2019
  • Birding Saanichton Bay Park

    January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Saanichton Bay Park, Central Saanich, BC V8M 2C1, Canada


    You are welcome to join the VNHS Saturday Birding Group at Saanichton Bay Park. As this is a birding hot-spot for wintering waterfowl, we should see loons, grebes, diving ducks and dabbling ducks. It is also a good area for passerines. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot off Mount Newton Cross Rd, just a short distance past the all ways stop with Lochside Drive. Watch for the Central Saanich Park sign on the left.

    Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at for more information

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January 23, 2019
  • Bird Banding in Mongolia

    January 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria

    Jannaca Chick of RPBO spent 2 weeks volunteering at the Khurkh Bird Ringing Station in northeastern Mongolia in May 2018. She then traveled for a week birding and camping. She will talk about her experiences and share photos of the country and some of the remarkable birds she saw there.

    We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic. Everyone welcome! Come early to socialize! Presentation will follow announcements and a brief break. Note: UVic parking is $3.

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January 27, 2019
  • Common Mosses of the Victoria Area

    January 27, 2019


    Our trip leader Kem Luther has stated that if we learn just 20 of the common moss species in the area that we will recognize about 95 percent of the moss plants we see in the woods around Victoria. Kem will show us most of the twenty to get us started. You must pre-register as the number of participants will be limited to minimize habitat damage and allow optimal exchange of information. So register early. You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one and dress for the weather. 

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at or 250-721-0634 for further information such as time and place and to register.  

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