COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of most CONC activities for many months but activities are resuming! Regular evening meetings, via Zoom, are occurring. The topic for the next meeting is described below the calendar.
Details on the activities are in the calendar below and on pages devoted to each activity. The next program is also described below.
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.
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.
Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.
Activities are resuming. The activities are listed in the calendar above.
Additional information on hikes/snowshoe/bicycle trips) is on the Hiking page.
Additional information on birding trips is on the Birding page.
Friday botany trips in the spring (and occasionally in the fall) are described on the Botany page. Note that this information includes places you can visit on your own, along with species lists,
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 (but not in 2021).
Next meeting: 14 December, via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m.
Title: Driving by volcanoes: a Botanist’s account of the great Millennial Bird Tour (2002)
Speaker: Terry McIntosh
About the presentation: Come and listen and watch as Terry recovers memories of strange tales and adventures during a trip he took with a ship full of world renowned ornithologists and naturalists. He was the botanist on board this ship that travelled from Japan to Alaska in 2002 visiting, by Zodiac, a variety of islands and shores in east Russia and Alaska. And, yes, there were volcanoes and gulags!! And birds!!
More details on this and other upcoming CONC meetings: Upcoming CONC meetings document.
Here’s our latest (Fall 2021) newsletter.
Need more information?
Please use the menu system at the top of each page and its links to explore our different activities. To ask specific questions, use our info address: contact us.