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 May 10

 

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  We showed eggs and young caterpillars of the Eglantine Sheep Moth on April 4, 5, 18, 22.  Here is one of the caterpillars grown a little more.  It is not nearly full grown yet.

 

Eglantine Sheep Moth Hemileuca eglanterina (Lep.: Saturniidae)  Jeremy Tatum

 

   Val George writes:  Spring has really sprung.  This morning, May 10, whilst birding along the power line crossing Prospect Lake Road, I saw an abundance of butterflies:  Many (two to...

2021 May 9

 

   Sid and Rosemary Jorna have been photographing spiders in their Kemp Lake property – and Dr Robb  Bennett has identified them for us.  Of the first one, Dr Bennett writes:  This is the introduced species Dysdera crocata, which the British call the slater slayer because of its taste for woodlice. 

 


Dysdera crocata (Ara.:  Dysderidae)  Sid Jorna

 

 


Philodromus rufus (Ara.: Philodromidae)  Rosemary Jorna

 

 

  Jochen Möhr writes that he had no moths at all at ...

Calendar

May 11, 2021
  • CANCELLED Tuesday Birding

    May 11, 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 am, or at the foot of Bowker Ave at 9:30 am, 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 shaw.ca or 250-721-0634. Novice and experienced VNHS members all welcome.

    The walk this week may be held or may be cancelled due to COVID restrictions. For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634

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May 12, 2021
  • CANCELLED Swan Lake Bird Walks

    May 12, 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.

    The walk this week may be held or may be cancelled due to COVID restrictions. For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634

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May 15, 2021
  • CANCELLED Birding Witty’s Lagoon

    May 15, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
    Witty's Lagoon Regional Park - Metchosin Road Parking Lot, 3920 Metchosin Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 4A5, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 3) 

    Birding Witty’s Lagoon 

    The trail at Witty’s Lagoon drops quickly via a scenic waterfall to the beach. Enjoy spring migrants in the woods and hopefully shorebirds along the estuary and in the saltmarsh behind the beach. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the main parking lot on Metchosin Road (across from golf course). Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca for more information. 

    The walk this week may be held or may be cancelled due to COVID restrictions. For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634

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