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: 12 January 2021, via Zoom

Green wildlifing (or The lockdown naturalist)

Richard Gregson, a naturalist from Quebec, has been an early advocate of Green Birding, travelling to see birds by human-powered modes of transport such as walking, cycling, and canoeing. The presentation will discuss the value of this approach to local birding, consider ways to maximize your species lists, and will look at some of the interesting species to be found on the edges of a major eastern city simply by walking up to them. Since COVID-19 has constrained our ability to travel anyway Richard has been discovering many plants, insects and other non-avian groups close to home that previously he never spared a moment to stop and look at – perhaps you are finding the same?

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

Latest newsletter

Here’s our latest (December 2020/January 2021) newsletter.

Need more information?

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.