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COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of most CONC activities. Monday birding walks and regular evening meetings, via Zoom, are occurring. 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.

One such is the Mission Creek Greenway Biodiversity Challenge organized by CONC in conjunction with the Friends of Mission Creek and Regional District Parks.
How many species can you find along the Greenway between now and the end of 2020?
A PDF containing details on the challenge is available.
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 with the May/June Okanagan Mountain Park Critter Count.

Join us!

Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.

Upcoming activities

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: 10 November 2020, via Zoom

Ice age mammals from the Yukon permafrost

Yukon resident and palaeontologist Grant Zazula will speak about how fossil mammals from the last ice age have been recovered from permafrost in the Yukon since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Scientists continue to study these fossils and employ cutting edge techniques such as radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analyses and ancient genetics to learn how these animals lived and evolved in Canada’s north during the ice age. Fossils from the Yukon provide unprecedented details on the life and loss of many iconic species, such as woolly mammoths and giant beavers, and help us understand how current ecosystems may respond to climate change.

More details on this and other upcoming CONC meetings: Upcoming CONC meetings document.

Latest newsletter

Here’s our latest (September 2020) newsletter.

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Please use the menu system at the top of the page and its links to explore our different activities.

Contact information for the executive. For website issues, contact the CONC webmaster.