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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: 12 November 2019

Northwest Passage

The history of the NW passage resonates with adventure, heroism, hardship and death. For over 400 years, Englishmen had been searching for the famed passage. In fact, it was Dr. John Rae, a Scottish physician, who ultimately solved the mystery. This presentation will review the history and hardships of exploring the Northwest Passage with some photos taken during a three-year stint spent as a travelling physician in Nunavut and also from an Arctic cruise aboard a Russian icebreaker.

Dr Andrew Farquhar developed an interest in photography when he moved to Canada in 1975 to practice frontier medicine (for the University of Manitoba). Over the years and countless thousands of miles later he has attained some degree of success as an amateur travel photographer. His work has been published in Canadian Geographic, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Wildlife, Popular Photography, Photo Life, and as a cover for The National Geographic Traveler calendar. Awards include Photo Life Grand prize, Canadian Geographic Grand prize and Image International Hong Kong Grand prize. For more information, please visit his web page: afarfotos.com.

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

Latest newsletter

Here’s our latest (November 2019) newsletter.

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