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.

LATEST POSTS IN INVERTEBRATE ALERT

2021 October 18

    Aziza Cooper writes:  Friday, October 15, this creature was in my home, and I removed it in a jar. Sorry I’m not bold enough to try to take it out.   Jeremy Tatum replies:  You may safely let it out.  It is not aggressive and it won’t attack you.   I’d be inclined not to let it crawl around on your hand.  It has a strong and sharp rostrum.  If you are not sure what its rostrum is, let it crawl on your hand, and you will soon find out.

Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptogloss...

2021 October 17

    Jochen Möhr writes yesterday from Metchosin:  Well, after more than three weeks of absence – since September 23 – and after I had practically given up on checking around the black light, this afternoon  I finally discovered two moths at the ceiling:  Synaxis jubararia and Epirrita autumnataAnd this morning, two Epirrita autumnata and one Noctua pronuba.

 

October Thorn Tetracis jubararia (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr

Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata (Lep.: Geomet...

Calendar

October 27, 2021
  • Birders' Night: Urban-breeding Chickadees

    October 27, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    On ZOOM

    BIRDERS’ NIGHT 

    Breeding on the Edge: Challenges and Adaptability of Urban-breeding Chickadees 

    For the past 20 years, Dr. Ken Otter of the University of Northern BC and his team have been interested in how features of the habitats in which chickadees settle, affects both their ability to communicate with one another and their ability to successfully breed. Their original investigations focused on how practices like logging/regeneration of our forests affected how chickadees perceived and adapted to the ‘quality’ of the habitat they found themselves in, but over the past decade this has shifted to an interest in how birds adjust to one of the largest anthropogenic disturbances our habitats face—Urbanization. Chickadees in general are considered ‘urban adaptors’, and are a common facet of our suburban neighbourhoods, taking readily to feeders and artificial nestboxes. But does attracting these birds into our gardens lead them to unforeseen challenges? This talk will outline the work they have been conducting on the impacts of urban breeding (noise pollution, changes in microclimate, different predator landscapes) and how our studies on blackcapped and mountain chickadees help us understand how birds respond to, and sometimes compensate for, these challenges. The presentation will begin after announcements and items of general interest. 

    To join us, please register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscuGvrjMqHdxBXIMy4YepJmOYfppemmXg  

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

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October 30, 2021
  • Birding at Viaduct Flats

    October 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Interurban Road & Viaduct Avenue West, Interurban Rd & Viaduct Ave W, Saanich, BC V9E 2B7, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2) 

    Birding at Viaduct Flats 

    Come join the VNHS Saturday Birding Group at Viaduct Flats. We ask that participants be double vaccinated to come on this walk. Plenty of water birds should be back enjoying this area by now after the quiet summer season. As well, there should be lots of fall birds in the surrounding woods. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot. This is near the intersection of Interurban and Viaduct. WE ASK THAT PARTICIPANTS BE DOUBLE VACCINATED, KEEP PHYSICAL DISTANCE BUT IF UNABLE, PUT ON A MASK. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for more information.

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November 6, 2021
  • Saturday Birding

    November 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Victoria, BC, Canada

    Meets every Saturday morning, usually at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. We ask that participants have both vaccines completed, to come on this walk. Check here on the Thursday/Friday before to find out the week’s time and location. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome. Non-members can participate up to three times, after which they are expected to join the Society.

     For more details or to find out time & location if it is not described here, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634.

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