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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.


2021 December 7

     There are quite a few moths that spend the winter in the adult state, but most are asleep somewhere and not active.  Among the active macros we are pretty-well restricted at this time of year to Operophtera and Erannis – though I dare say here are a few others that I haven’t thought of.  Here is the underside of Operophtera (most likely brumata) photographed yesterday by Jochen Möhr in Metchosin.



Winter Moth Operophtera (probably brumata) (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen ...

2021 December 2

    A little late for an “Alert”, but nice pics by Ian Cooper anyway of a spider on the rocks at Clover Point on October 16.  Thanks to Thomas Barbin for confirming Ian’s identification as Terralonus californicusThomas says intertidal zone is typical habitat.

Terralonus californicus (Ara.: Salticidae)   Ian Cooper

Terralonus californicus (Ara.: Salticidae)   Ian Cooper



December 11, 2021
  • Esquimalt Lagoon Tune-up

    December 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    3308 Ocean Blvd, Victoria, BC V9C, Canada

    Saturday, December 11


    Esquimalt Lagoon Christmas Bird Count Tune-up

    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 or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

    We ask that participants have both vaccines completed, to come on this walk

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December 14, 2021
  • Ants of British Columbia

    December 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    On Zoom

    Tuesday, December 14

    Natural History Night

    The Ants of British Columbia: Ecological Giants Shadowed by Invasives

    Ants are one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet. While only approximately 15,000 species have been described, making them a species diversity lightweight within the insects, they contribute more biomass to many ecosystems than any other animal group. Further, the social behaviour of ants is truly fascinating, ranging from weakly social species that feed on the blood of their own young to highly organized slave takers, farmers and ranchers. Rob Higgins will look at some of this diversity in British Columbia and also take a look at new arrivals that are overshadowing this group.

    Register in advance for this meeting: 

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

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December 18, 2021
  • Christmas Bird Count for Kids

    December 18, 2021

    Saturday, December 18

    Christmas Bird Count for Kids

    Save the date for this fun event! 

    We will again be partnering with Rocky Point Bird Observatory for a special Christmas Bird Count for Kids in conjunction with our regular count day. This family-focused event is meant to encourage young birders to become engaged with citizen science, and we are delighted to include their observations in our official CBC results. Last year, the event moved to an online format, but the jury is still out on what will be happening in 2021. If you are interested in helping out, online or in-person, please contact RPBO at

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