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.


2021 April 13


   Jeff Gaskin writes:  April 12, on Mount Tolmie there were two California Tortoiseshells on the concrete reservoir and one Sara Orangetip  just below the reservoir.  One of the tortoiseshells was photographed by Marie O’Shaughnessy.


California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae)  Marie O’Shaughnessy

    Rosemary Jorna writes from Kemp Lake today: This little moth was among our daffodils at noon.

Jeremy Tatum writes:   If anyone sees this moth ovip...

2021 April 21


   Although it has been sunny in the last few days, there has been a cold, cold wind – a bit too cold for most butterflies.  Today, Jeremy Tatum caught a glimpse of a Cabbage White near Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road,  and yesterday Marie O’Shaughnessy caught a glimpse of a Satyr Comma at Francis/King Park.

Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus (Lep.: Nymphalidae)

Marie O’Shaughnessy


April 18, 2021
  • Swan Lake Bird Walks

    April 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. 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.

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April 20, 2021
  • Tuesday Birding

    April 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Corner of Bowker Ave. and Bowker Place, Victoria

    TUESDAY 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, rain or shine. Birding activities take place at various locations around Greater Victoria.
    For more information call Bill Dancer at 250-721-5273 or Agnes Lynn at thelynns at or 250-721-0634. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome.

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  • Botany Night: Taking a closer look at eelgrass

    April 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    On Zoom

    You are invited to a Botany Night Zoom meeting. 
    When: Apr 20, 2021 07:30 PM 

    Register in advance for this meeting: 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Title: Taking a closer look at eelgrass 

    Speakers: Elaine Humphrey and Mark Webber 

    When sailing off Sidney Island last summer, a piece of eelgrass floated by. Taking a closer look with a scanning electron microscope it turns out to be the eelgrass that keeps on giving. A whole community lives attached to the eelgrass and every time we look at it, we find another species, particularly of diatoms. Mark Webber and Elaine Humphrey are part of an ongoing collaboration with UBC and the Institute for Multidisciplinary Ecological Research in the Salish Sea ( looking at the community that lives on eelgrass.

    We will examine eelgrass live under the scanning electron microscope and see what we find.  A few people will be able to operate the microscope remotely.  If you’d like a chance at this, please email for more information.

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