Victoria Natural
History Society
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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October 20, 2020
  • Native Orchids of Vancouver Island

    October 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Via Zoom


    Native orchids of Vancouver Island through the seasons
    As an orchid grower and judge, Sasha Kubicek spends a lot of time enjoying the native species in the wild. This presentation will show the seasons of our local orchids, when to see them in bloom, and variations in colour and form.    

    To register for this talk, click on the link below. Follow the directions. Then you will receive a return email with a link for the meeting and just below it, a PASSCODE. Make a note of this. Check your Spam folder if you don't receive an email.

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October 26, 2020
  • Ecology of Transient Killer Whales

    October 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Via Zoom online


    The Ecology of Transient (Bigg's) Killer Whales. 

    In the eastern North Pacific, three ecotypes of killer whale have been identified: resident, transient, and offshore. Transient killer whales are apex predators that specialize in foraging for marine mammals. This specialization shapes all aspects of their ecology, from foraging and acoustics, to social structure and genetics! Josh McInnes is a Canadian ecologist who grew up on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. He studied marine biology and ecology with a focus on food web, and community dynamics at the University of Victoria. Over the past decade Josh has traveled to remote locations off British Columbia, Washington, Alaska, California, Australia, Antarctica and South Africa to study killer whale populations. 

    To join us, please register by clicking this link or by entering this link in your browser and following the instructions.

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October 28, 2020
  • Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

    October 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Via Zoom


    Antarctica and the Southern Ocean– Changes Underway 

    Before the coronavirus, Michael Webb and his wife, Donna-Lee took a three-week cruise on Silver Explorer encompassing parts of the Falklands, South Georgia, the South Shetlands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. They made 19 landings in the destination islands revisiting several places they had previously visited. Michael will show changes he noted over a relatively short period of time and places that still seem relatively unchanged. We meet on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Come early to socialize! Presentation begins after VNHS announcements. 

    To join us, please register by clicking on this link or copy and enter it into your browser and following the instructions.

    Bring your own coffee (or whatever preferred beverage might be!) Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.50, but you won’t have to pay that for Zoom meetings! 

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