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We are excited to announce that beginning in March, our presentation nights will be held at Berwick Royal Oak (4680 Elk Lake Dr). We invite you to attend in-person or via Zoom (see Zoom links in individual calendar listings).

                To attend via Zoom:

Please register for the online presentations—see the calendar listings below and online for each one.

Masks are required inside Berwick Royal Oak at this time.

Note that while evening presentations are open to the public, field trips are for members only. Click here for our Field Trip Guidelines for participants and leaders.

If space allows, 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.

If you would like to do a talk or know someone who might, please contact one of the presentation night coordinators. If you have an idea for a field trip or wish to volunteer as a leader, please contact the Field Trip Coordinator. Many of you do interesting things either for fun or for work, and it would be great to share! See Contact page for email addresses and phone numbers.

TUESDAY MORNING 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. Birding activities take place at various locations around Greater Victoria. For more information call Bill Dancer at 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome.

SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING –  Meets every Saturday morning, usually at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. Check on the Calendar on the Thursday/Friday before to find out the week’s location. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome.

SWAN LAKE GUIDED BIRD WALKS –  Every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Jointly sponsored by Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and Victoria Natural History Society. 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.

Note: Some presentations can also be viewed on the VNHS’ Youtube Channel

May 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Swan Lake Bird Walk
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  • Dawn Chorus at Viaduct Flats
  • Part 2: Birding at Little Saanich Mountain (Observatory Hill)
5
  • Monthly Butterfly Walk
  • The Evening Chorus at Blenkinsop Lake
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  • Tuesday Birding
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  • World Migratory Bird Day at Beaver Lake
  • Seagrasses and Seaweeds at Low Tide, Island View Beach
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  • Tuesday Birding
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  • Birding the Powerlines & Ponds at the Hydro Substation near Francis King Park
19
  • Birding the Powerline off Stewart Mountain Road and Thetis Lake Park
  • The Evening Chorus at Blenkinsop Lake
20
  • Natural History Cycling Tour of the Galloping Goose Trail from Sooke Potholes to Leechtown
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  • Tuesday Birding
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  • Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies on Mount Tolmie
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  • Tuesday Birding
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