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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.


2024 April 19 evening

   Jeremy Tatum writes:  I am finding butterflies still scarce, but I saw a Cabbage White along Carey Road in Saanich this morning.   Two California Tortoiseshells were still basking on the Mount Tolmie reservoir this evening.

Aziza Cooper sends a photograph of a California Tortoiseshell on Mount Tolmie, April 17.

California Tortoiseshell  Nymphalis californica  (Lep.: Nymphalidae)
Aziza Cooper


Jeff Gaskin writes:  Kirsten Mills and I saw some butterflies in the Prosp...

2024 April 19 morning

Marie O’Shaughnessy sends photographs of butterflies that she saw on Mount Tolmie, April 18.

Western Spring Azure  Celastrina echo  (Lep.: Lycaenidae)
Marie O’Shaughnessy

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

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


Mourning Cloak  Nymphalis antiopa  (Lep.: Nymphalidae)
Marie O’Shaughnessy

Marie also photographed these Sara Orangetips on Mo...


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