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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2023 January 31

 

   Rosemary Jorna writes:  I met this little spider way out in the forest near Tugwell Creek on January 30. He  was quite lively in spite of the ice crystals on the leaves around him.

  The combined expertise of Robb Bennett and Claudia and Darren Copley arrives at:  We believe the spider is a specimen of the theridiid Enoplognatha ovata, the “Eurasian Polymorphic Cobweaver” or “Candy-stripe Spider”.   Quite a pretty spider, an introduction unfortunately.   It’s an immatur...

2023 January 20

 

   Lymantria dispar

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:   On January 14, while writing about the proposed insecticide spraying program for L.dispar,  I expressed an opinion something to the effect that the change in its English name to Spongy Moth was “politically correct”, and that I didn’t know who, if anyone, was offended by the old name.  I quickly received two letters(and will doubtless receive a few more) pointing out that the G-word is exceedingly offensive to the Romani peop...

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February 4, 2023
  • Saturday Birding

    February 4, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Victoria

    Field Trip (Level 2)

    Birding Saxe Pointand Macaulay Point Parks

    You are welcome to join theVNHS Saturday Birding Group who will be going to Saxe Point Park & MacaulayPoint Park. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the end of the road in SaxePoint Park. To reach the park, turn south off Esquimalt Rd on to Fraser Stwhich ends in the park. We can enjoy the ocean birds as well as some that aretucked away close to shore in protected waters. There are also some good bushbirds and often we see the resident Cooper’s Hawk. Macaulay Point is more openand surprises there have included a Spotted Sandpiper and a Meadowlark even atthis time of year. One challenge is to find the California Quail who hide inthe thickets. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for moreinformation.

    Organiser: Victoria Natural History Society

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February 12, 2023
  • Valentine Birdathon

    February 12, 2023

    Thisannual event has been lots of fun for birding couples for many years. Thisyear, we need a volunteer to coordinate and also consider holding thepost-count get-together. Please let us know if you are interested in helpingwith this (email our volunteer coordinator Vicki Metcalfe at 46metcalfe@gmail.com) and watch the online calendar for moreinformation

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February 14, 2023
  • Natural History Night

    February 14, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Freshwater jellyfish in British Columbia and beyond - knowledge gaps and current progress

    Florian Lüskow, Ph.D. candidate UBC Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, will provide some insights into freshwater jellyfish species of the genus Craspedacusta , a genus that purportedly originated from the Yangtze River catchment area, China, and have now been observed on all continents except Antarctica. Sightings of C. sowerbii in British Columbia were compiled to document some of the northernmost records of this species in the Americas. Hydromedusae from BC do not deviate morphologically from C. sowerbii specimens from other continents, but molecular analyses support the idea of two main widely distributed lineages hidden under similar morphological features (i.e., a species complex). Craspedacusta sowerbii is widely distributed in southern and western BC and increased considerably in bloom frequency in the period after 2010. Recent increases in sightings of C. sowerbii in BC and worldwide could be indicative of a climate warming-related range extension or growing public awareness and/or increased observational efforts. Even after about 150 of Craspedacusta research, much about their biology and ecology remains unknown. Recent modelling studies indicated that this non-indigenous species will spread further in BC, Canada and beyond, and will become part of freshwater food webs for longer periods every year. Despite this alarming information, only little research and no provincial or federal monitoring for this species exist yet.

    Please register in advancefor this meeting:

    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcumoqzMsHdb-u9Z5-Kpz5OsQl5zabY7j  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Or go to the VNHS online calendar and click on the February14 Natural History Night description for the link and instructions on how tojoin.

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