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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 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 on local, regional, and provincial bodies whose interests reflect the club’s.

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.

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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 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., with a picnic in June.

Next meeting: 10 December 2019

Williamson’s Sapsuckers

Williamson’s Sapsuckers were assessed as endangered in Canada in 2005. Results from research in 2006-2008 were turned into a recovery plan and management guidelines. This presentation is a look 10 years down the line to see how the species and management efforts have fared.

Les Gyug, a long-time CONC member, is a professional consulting biologist who has worked in many places in B.C. and on many species from mice to moose. Les has been the lead on research, management and monitoring of Williamson’s Sapsucker since 1996 and has been an active member of the Williamson’s Sapsucker Recovery Team since its inception in 2006.

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

Latest newsletter

Here’s our latest (December 2019/January 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.