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.

LATEST POSTS IN INVERTEBRATE ALERT

2021 November 25

     The butterfly season is well and truly over.  Our last butterfly sighting was on October 31 – we didn’t quite make it into November.   However, Rosemary Jorna sends photos of two arachnoids from near Kemp Lake, November 24.   We can identify the mite to Family level.  Thanks to viewer Thomas Barbin for identifying the spider to species for us.

  

Snout mite  (Acari:  Bdellidae)  Rosemary Jorna

 

Jumping spider Phanias albeolus (Ara.: Salticidae)   Rosemary Jorna

2021 November 25

     The butterfly season is well and truly over.  Our last butterfly sighting was on October 31 – we didn’t quite make it into November.   However, Rosemary Jorna sends photos of two arachnoids from near Kemp Lake, November 24.   We can identify them to Family level.

  

Snout mite  (Acari:  Bdellidae)  Rosemary Jorna

 

Jumping spider (Ara.: Salticidae)   Rosemary Jorna

Calendar

November 29, 2021
  • Marine Night: Sponges

    November 29, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    On Zoom

    MARINE NIGHT on Zoom

    Sponge lives matter! Understanding the behaviour of a diversity of marine and freshwater sponges.

    Sponges are common colourful inhabitants of Pacific Northwest lakes and coastal waters. They are important habitat formers, and they filter vast amounts of water. In this talk, however, Dr Sally Leys, University of Alberta, will introduce you to their less well-known, but remarkable, behaviours.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrfu6orDgsE9Wv9asdmbiFBy9nigeM64gy 

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

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December 4, 2021
  • Langford Lake Tune-Up

    December 4, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Langford Lanes, 1097 Langford Pkwy, Victoria, BC V9B 0A5, Canada

    Saturday, December 4

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Langford Lake Christmas Bird Count Tune-up 

    Meet at Langford Lanes parking lot on Langford Parkway at 8:30 a.m. for a chance to tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. This trip will cover the area around Langford Lake. Bring your walking shoes, field guide and note-pad. This is a regular Saturday Birding Group outing but it is also a great opportunity for novice or near-novice Christmas Bird Counters to get in some practice. Contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

     We ask that participants have both vaccines completed, to come on this walk

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December 11, 2021
  • Esquimalt Lagoon Tune-up

    December 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    3308 Ocean Blvd, Victoria, BC V9C, Canada

    Saturday, December 11

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)

    Esquimalt Lagoon Christmas Bird Count Tune-up

    Meet at the bridge at Esquimalt Lagoon at 8:00 a.m. for a chance to tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. This trip will cover the ocean birds along the lagoon and will go into the fields back behind the lagoon to provide a variety of birds. Bring your walking shoes, field guide and note-pad. This is a regular Saturday Birding Group outing but it is also a great opportunity for novice or near-novice Christmas Bird Counters to get in some practice. Contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.

    We ask that participants have both vaccines completed, to come on this walk

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