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.

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August 17, 2019
  • Island View Beach & Saanichton Spit Birding

    August 17, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
    Island View Beach Regional Park, 3215 Island View Rd, Saanichton, BC V8M 1W3, Canada

    Saturday August 17
    Island View Beach & Saanichton Spit Birding
    Join the Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Island View Beach and Saanichton Spit. 
         Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the north end of the Island View beach parking lot. It’s the time of year that we might find some interesting shorebirds on their return migration and we will still see a few beach flowers in the dunes as we walk along. Ask the leader to show you a Black Widow Spider if that interest you. Most people don’t even know they are there. 
         To reach Island View Beach, go north on the Pat Bay highway, turn right at the lights at Island View Rd (Michell's Market) and follow that to a left on Homathko Rd that leads to the parking lot. Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

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August 26, 2019
  • Sidney Spit Birding

    August 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Alpine Sidney Spit Ferry

    Monday August 26
    Sidney Spit Birding
         It’s the time of year to make the trek over to Sidney Spit on Sidney Island to look for interesting shorebirds on their southern migration. There are always good ones reported from there – Baird’s Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers and plovers, maybe even that illusive Buff-breasted Sandpiper we hope to see! Also close-ups on Purple Martins and we’ll see other passerines in the woods. You will be impressed with the recent impressive removal of invasive plants from the Spit to allow more habitat for native plants and areas for nesting birds. 
         Bring a lunch and drinks (no water available on island). Due to the over-crowding on the ferry on the weekend, we have chosen to go during the week. We will go over on the ferry from Sidney that leaves at 10:00 a.m. Be there about an hour early to buy your ticket as it can sell out. Cost is $19 for adults ($16 seniors). Ferry leaves from the foot of Beacon Ave. Allow enough time to find a place to park. Parking rates vary on how far you are willing to walk. The return ferry leaves the island at 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. so you can choose how long you wish to stay. 
         Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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September 30, 2019
  • Marine Night

    September 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

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