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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.


2022 September 26

   Ian Cooper writes (September 25):   I have just returned from another photo shoot along the Galloping Goose trail between Harriet Road and Tillicum Road.   There were a few of these odd-looking weevils feeding on a broad leafy plant that looked a bit like giant rhubarb growing amidst the cattails.

  We thank Scott Gilmore for identifying it as Lixus (probably rubellus).


Lixus (probably rubellus) (Col.: Curculionidae)  Ian Cooper

2022 September 25 morning

    Jochen Möhr sends, from Metchosin, an upperside and an underside view of a moth kindly identified for us by Libby Avis as Antepirrhoe semiatrata, the Black-banded Carpet moth  (formerly Eustroma semiatrata).

Antepirrhoe semiatrata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Antepirrhoe semiatrata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


September 28, 2022
  • Birders' Night

    September 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Monthly Birders' Night. Details to be announced.

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  • Birders' Night

    September 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Introduction to eBird and Merlin: How Crowdsourcing and Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Birding
    Whether you contribute data or not, eBird can help you become a better birder by expanding what you can find out about birds. eBird’s partner app, Merlin, now includes sound identification and is a game changer for many. Join Ann Nightingale for a quick overview of cool eBird features and updates you may not have seen yet. Presentation will begin after announcements.
    Please register in advance for this meeting: 
    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 September 28 Birders’ Night description for the link and instructions on how to join.

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October 8, 2022
  • Whiffin Spit birding

    October 8, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

    SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2/3) Walk out WHIFFIN SPIT to find some Birds
    We will be walking out along Whiffin Spit. Meet at 8:00 am at the beginning of Whiffin Spit. There should be a few shorebirds and maybe some other interesting migrants stopping by. Plus there are a number of passerines who hang out there. It’s a nice level walk of about 3 km. round trip along the Spit. To reach the starting point of the Walk, go through Sooke and watch for Whiffin Spit Rd on your left (same turnoff as Sooke Harbour House). Park in spots just down before the start of the Spit. Contact Agnes at or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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