COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of most CONC activities.
Regular evening meetings, via Zoom, are occurring. The topics for the next meeting are described below.
We hope to resume other activities as soon as possible.
In the meantime, members are welcome to do small-group, socially distanced activities on their own.
A 2020 activity was the Mission Creek Greenway Biodiversity Challenge organized by CONC in conjunction with the Friends of Mission Creek and Regional District Parks. How many species did naturalists find along the Greenway in 2020? The Challenge iNaturalist website is here.
About the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club
CONC is a naturalists’ club based in Kelowna, BC, part of the Central Okanagan. Please note that we are a group interested in birds, botany, cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing (in the appropriate seasons); we are not interested in running around naked.
We recognize that our activities take place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people
We organize a variety of weekly activities and hold monthly meetings to discuss club business and see a presentation on a topic of interest to the club. A few members, active or retired professionals, produce scientific articles. Details are available on the About Us page.
Many members participate in local, regional, and provincial bodies whose interests reflect the Club’s interests.
CONC is involved with December/January Christmas Bird Counts, the January Sweagle (swan and eagle) Count, and the May/June Okanagan Mountain Park Critter Count.
Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.
As noted above, the birding, hiking, snowshoeing, botany, and bicycling activities mentioned below are cancelled until further notice.
Wednesday hikes/snowshoe trips (and Saturday hikes/snowshoe trips and Friday bicycle trips) are described on the Hiking page.
Thursday birding trips, Saturday birding trips, and the spring and fall Monday birding trips are described on the Birding page.
Friday botany trips in the spring (and occasionally in the fall) are described on the Botany page.
Monthly Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m., currently via Zoom, with a picnic in June.
Next meeting: 13 April, via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m.
Bats and White Nose Syndrome: Lessons from Atlantic Canada
Speaker: Donald McAlpine
White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease that has devastated eastern North American bat populations. The disease is gradually working its way west (it’s made it to California and Washington, but not BC- yet). Intensive studies in New Brunswick may have lessons for those interested in the conservation of BC bat populations.
More details on this and other upcoming CONC meetings: Upcoming CONC meetings document.
Here’s our latest (April 2021) newsletter.
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Please use the menu system at the top of each page and its links to explore our different activities or to ask specific questions, contact us.