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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 in 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 March 2020

The role of the public in cats and wildlife welfare

After habitat loss, roaming cats are the #1 human-caused source of bird mortality. It is estimated that cats kill between 100 and 350 million birds annually in Canada only. To address this issue, the presentation discusses free-roaming cats in the province, the benefits of keeping cats indoors or supervised outdoors, and ways to reduce cat predation of wildlife (birds in particular).

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

Latest newsletter

Here’s our latest (February 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.