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.


2021 January 18


   Here are the results of another night-time foray by Ian Cooper into Colquitz River Park or the Galloping Goose Trail, 9 km marker.


Linyphiid spider (Ara.: Linyphiidae) Colquitz Creek    Ian Cooper

Dark-bodied Glass Snail, Oxychilus draparnaudi (Pul.: Daubebariidae)  Galloping Goose

Ian Cooper


Possibly Deroceras reticulatum (Pul.: Agriolimacidae)?  Colquitz Creek       Ian Cooper


Rough Woodlouse, Porcellio scaber (Isopoda: Porcellion...

2021 January 17


   Jody Wells sends a photograph of a Large Yellow Underwing caterpillar from Brentwood Bay, January 16.


Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jody Wells



January 19, 2021
  • CANCELLED Tuesday Birding

    January 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Corner of Bowker Ave. and Bowker Place, Victoria

    TUESDAY BIRDING Meets every Tuesday, one block south of the foot of Bowker Ave on the waterfront (off Beach Drive) at 9:00 a.m., or at the foot of Bowker Ave at 9:30 a.m, rain or shine. Birding activities take place at various locations around Greater Victoria.
    For more information call Bill Dancer at 250-721-5273 or Agnes Lynn at thelynns at or 250-721-0634. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome.

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  • Botany Night: Magic Mushrooms

    January 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    On Zoom


     For the link and instructions on how to join.

    A Natural and Cultural History of Magic Mushrooms in BC
    Speaker: Andy MacKinnon
    Magic mushrooms have been employed in spiritual practices in Mexico and Central America for millennia. The visionary powers of these mushrooms first became known to the world in 1957, and in the early 1960’s they sparked a social and cultural “psychedelic revolution” soon dominated by LSD. The discovery that magic mushrooms grew commonly and abundantly in the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia helped make Canada’s westernmost province a focal point of social change. This presentation will explore the natural history of BC’s magic mushrooms, and their role in the rapidly changing counter culture of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and up to the present day.

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January 20, 2021
  • CANCELLED Swan Lake Bird Walks

    January 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes and meet in the parking lot for this informal and informative walk around the lake area. Walks are generally led by Victoria Natural History Society members. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is at 3873 Swan Lake Road, off Ralph Street. Note that the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Store in Shelbourne Plaza posts the bird reports from the Sunday walk.

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