Victoria Natural
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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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Calendar

July 12, 2020
  • Plants and Birds of Cattle Point and Uplands Park

    July 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Cattle Point, Oak Bay, BC, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Plants and Birds of Cattle Point and Uplands Park

    This is an area of interest both to botanists and birders, so we’ll enjoy some of each even though it’s past prime season for a good number of the botany treasures. We can enjoy watching for seeds! Dr. Chris Brayshaw spent many years documenting the rare plants in this area so we will try to find some of the seas well as enjoying the birds along the way so bring your binoculars, too. We will be on some rocky bits, but this is basically a level trail so is an opportunity for those who can’t handle the usual Southern Vancouver Island rocky terrain where the wildflowers typically grow. Cattle Point/Up-lands Park is on Beach Drive between Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay. Meet at the nature sign at the Cattle Point waterfront parking area at 10:00 a.m. Contact Agnes at the lynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

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July 25, 2020
  • Florence Lake & Langford Lake Birding

    July 25, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
    Springboard Pl, Victoria, BC V9B, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Florence Lake & Langford Lake Birding

    Join the Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Florence Lake and 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 onto 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 deadends 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, and the walk through the forest to the lake usually gives us woodpeckers and other good woodsy birds. Contact Agnes at the lynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

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August 2, 2020
  • Monthly Butterfly Outing

    August 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Mount Tolmie Park, 3492 Mayfair Dr #3486, Victoria, BC V8P 4P9, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Monthly Butterfly Outing

    Join Gordon Hart on our monthly Butterfly outing. Each outing is intended to help us learn more about our local butterflies. This outing is weather dependent. It needs to be warm and sunny to make it worthwhile. We will start at the top of Mount Tolmie (off Cedar Hill Cross Rd). Meet at 1:00 p.m. in the lot by the reservoir where we will have an initial look for butterflies and then decide where to go from there. Contact Gordon at (250) 721-1264 or butterflies@vicnhs.bc.ca for more information.

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