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Note that while evening presentations are open to the public, field trips are for members only.

Guests may join for up to three trips, after which they are expected to join the Society.

Codes for Field Trip Difficulty Levels:
LEVEL 1—Easy walking, mostly level paths.
LEVEL 2—Paths can be narrow with uneven terrain.
LEVEL 3—Obstacles in paths or steeper grades, requiring agility.
LEVEL 4—Very steep, insecure footing, or longer hikes requiring good physical condition.
Please—no pets on VNHS field trips.

July 30, 2016
  • Saturday Birding - Florence Lake & Langford Lake Birding

    July 30, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
    1040 Springboard Pl Victoria, BC V9B 3E2, Canada 48.455305, -123.511240

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
    Join the Saturday Birding Group on the field trip to Florence Lake & Langford Lake. We will meet at the boardwalk at Florence Lake at 7:30 a.m. To reach our starting point, go out the Island Highway and take Exit 15 McCallum Rd. Turn right at the stop and you will be on McCallum/Spencer Rd. Turn left on Springboard Pl (formerly Brock Ave). Park at end of road (not in turnaround) where we will meet. It’s about a half block to the boardwalk from there with a great view of the lake. Listen for Soras or Virginia Rails. Sometimes we’ll get Steller’s Jays and Band-tailed Pigeons and other birds not that common in town.

    After that, we will continue to Langford Lake. To get there, return on McCallum/Spencer Rd to the corner by the Shell station. Curve around the front of the gas station on to the frontage road, which leads to the Leigh Rd overpass. Left at Leigh Rd and cross the highway on the overpass. Turn right on Goldstream Ave. Park at the west end of Goldstream Ave just before it dead ends at the highway. Meet at the parking pullout and the group will meander down to the boardwalk from there. The marshy area often yields interesting birds as well as the walk through the forest to the lake usually gives us woodpeckers and other good woodsy birds.

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634 if you need more information.

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July 31, 2016
  • Olympic National Park Obstruction Point Road

    July 31, 2016 @ 5:45 am - 7:15 pm
    Blackball Ferry Terminal, Victoria

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 3)
    We have arranged for a bus in Port Angeles to take us up to travel along the scenic high elevation Obstruction Point Rd. Timing of the trip is planned for peak wildflower displays. Rather than one long hike, we will stop at a number of places and do several short excursions in search of sub-alpine flowers not too far from the road. This year we may do a longer walk at the end of the road in search of species endemic to the Olympic National Park. Be prepared for travel on unpaved twisty roads. Although the weather is generally sunny and clear, due to the high elevation, it could be quite cool or rainy. Bring a lunch and drinks.

    Meet at the Black Ball Ferry terminal in the Inner Harbour at 5:45 a.m. for the 6:10 a.m. sailing of the MV Coho. Allow time to park and purchase your ferry ticket that costs about $48.00 CDN return. The ferry cost is not included in what you prepay. IMPORTANT!! YOU WILL REQUIRE A PASSPORT OR ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENCE FOR GOING THROUGH US CUSTOMS. We will return on the 5:20 p.m. sailing from Port Angeles (90 minute crossing). There is usually good birding from the ferry. Cost of the charter bus and entry to the park is $70.00 CDN. Limited number of participants. VNHS members get priority. Book before July 26. First contact Agnes to reserve your spot. Then pay through the PayPal link that she will provide or you can pay by cheque. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634 to reserve or for more information.

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  • Swan Lake Guided Bird Walks

    July 31, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    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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August 3, 2016
  • Swan Lake Guided Bird Walks

    August 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    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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August 6, 2016
  • Saturday Birding

    August 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Victoria, BC, Canada

    Meets every Saturday morning, usually at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. Check here on the Thursday/Friday before to find out the week’s time and location. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome. Non-members can participate up to three times, after which they are expected to join the Society.

    For more details or to find out time & location if it is not described here, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634.

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August 7, 2016
  • Washington State Birding Trail

    August 7, 2016 @ 5:45 am - 7:15 pm
    Black Ball Ferry Line, 430 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada

    Sunday, August 7
    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 3)
    STILL SPACES AVAILABLE. BOOK ASAP!!!
    To savour some of the spots described in the excellent brochure entitled “The Great Washington State Birding Trail – Olympic Loop”, we have arranged for a bus in Port Angeles to take us to a number of interesting birding stops. We will include some spots that we enjoyed in past years, some east and some west of Port Angeles. We may not see too many different birds than at home but the varying habitats make for an enjoyable experience. Locations will be mostly near sea level. Itinerary will be firmed up closer to the date to take advantage of any last minute reports of interest. Still time to put in your request for a potential stop! Dress for potentially changeable weather. Bring a lunch and drinks.

    Meet at the Black Ball Ferry terminal in the Inner Harbour at 5:45 a.m. for the 6:10 a.m. sailing of the MV Coho. Allow time to park and purchase your ferry ticket that costs about $48 CDN return. The ferry cost is not included in what you prepay. IMPORTANT!! YOU WILL REQUIRE A PASSPORT OR ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENCE FOR GOING THROUGH US CUSTOMS. We will return on the 5:20 p.m. sailing from Port Angeles (90 minute crossing). There is usually good birding from the ferry, even a slim chance to pick up a Jaeger or a Fulmar. Cost of the charter bus and entry to the park is $70.00 CDN. Limited number of participants. VNHS members get priority. Book before July 31. First contact Agnes to reserve your spot. Then pay through the Paypal link that she will provide or you can pay by cheque. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634 to reserve or for more information.

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  • Swan Lake Guided Bird Walks

    August 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    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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  • Monthly Butterfly Outing

    August 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Mount Tolmie Park, 3486-, 3492 Mayfair Dr, Victoria, BC V8P 4P9, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Join Gordon Hart on our monthly Butterfly outing. Each outing is intended to help us learn more about our local butterflies. The outing is weather dependent. It needs to be warm and sunny to make it worthwhile. We will meet near the top of Mount Tolmie (off Cedar Hill Cross Rd) and decide where to go from there. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the main parking lot just north of the summit.

    Contact Gordon at (250) 721-1264 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information.

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August 9, 2016
  • Robert Bateman Lecturer Dr Milt McClaren at Royal Roads University

    August 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2, Canada

    What is “natural”? Exploring the idea of nature and its implications for environmental education.

    What: 12th lecture in Robert Bateman Lecture Series
    Who: Dr. Milt McClaren
    Where: Hatley Castle Drawing Room, Royal Roads University (RRU)
    When: 7 – 9 p.m., Aug. 9, 2016
    Notes: Free, open to the public

    Are the terms “nature” and “natural” the same? What are the implications of how we define them and how we teach about the environment? As the 12th Robert Bateman Lecturer August 9, 2016 at Royal Roads University, one of the founders of the field of environmental education in Canada, an associate faculty member in the School of Environment and Sustainability at RRU, and professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education at SFU, Dr. Milt McClaren will examine the assumption that the concepts of nature and natural have shared meanings, and explore how environmental definitions may influence our teaching.

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August 10, 2016
  • Swan Lake Guided Bird Walks

    August 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    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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