Well, there is snow in the hills around Kelowna so winter is coming quickly. COVID-19 continues to cause difficulties but CONC is making an effort to resume some activities. Monday birding walks are resuming and the second-Tuesday evening meetings are resuming via Zoom, thanks to Douglas. The executive hopes to see you at a CONC activity soon.
Groups of CONC members are carrying out unofficial, socially-distanced activities. One such is the monitoring of the bluebird trail at Gallagher’s Canyon. We have fledged one family of bluebirds and have a second family ready to go. But the highlight of today’s trip was the interaction between a garter snake and a Western Toad. MH provided this ***video***.
Well, we are almost into summer. Where has spring gone? Oh yes, it went by while we were in self-isolation due to COVID-19. CONC activities are still on hold, but some members are getting out for socially-distanced activities, including birding, hiking, and bicycling. For example, on May 17 a number of birders (some walking, some sitting, and some biking) did a mini-Big Day (from 0500 to 1300, through rain and sun) and found 120 species of birds in Kelowna.
First, the good news. CONC’s latest newsletter is on the CONC website. Second, the bad news. COVID-19 continues to be a problem in the community. All CONC activities remain suspended until sometime in the future. This suspension is affecting other activities as well; expect an announcement that the BC Nature AGM in late May is being postponed until May 2021. The Fall FGM has already been cancelled for other reasons.
As you may have noticed from the home page, CONC activities are suspended until the COVID-19 pandemic quietens down. In the meantime, birders have noticed Turkey Vultures, Western Meadowlarks, and Ruddy Ducks, all signs of spring. The botanists will start blog entries when something other than Sagebrush Buttercups and lomatium start appearing.
Is spring near? The evidence: Daily high temperatures in town are nearing 10 C Pussy willow catkins are appearing beside the snowshoe trails The snowshoe trails themselves are getting icy Sagebrush buttercups in bloom are being seen Bicycles are being dusted off Can hiking be far behind?
Well, we are in the midst of a little thaw. After the bitterly cold weather last week (which resulted in the cancellation of two snowshoe trips and one birding trip), the daily highs are once again above zero. If you are still indoors, you may be interested in these items on the Internet. A quiz that will answer the question What bird are you most like? Apparently I am most like a Rock Pigeon, of all things. A study that…
I wish it could decide if it is winter or spring. First, we get some snow, then we get some warm weather. Our annual trip to the Meadow Cabin at Nordic had to be changed as the snow was too sticky. We hope things improve for the rest of the winter, Remember that the CONC banquet is coming up on January 14. Details, including how to get tickets, are on CONC’s home page.
Fall comes, to be followed by snow. But trail work must continue. Here’s some late information from the Friends of the South Slopes (FOSS). Effective October 15, 2019, FOSS is very pleased to advise you that we now have a dedicated person who will monitor and facilitate trail maintenance in both MBPP (Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park) and OMPP (Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park): Herb Blamire. Herb is a former Board Member/President of FOSS and has more than 45 years professional experience in…
Halfway through November already! The hikers are starting to think of snowshoeing but the hills need more snow. The birders are starting to think of Christmas Bird Counts; Kelowna’s is December 14. Speaking of upcoming events, the Executive has decided that we should be holding our annual potluck banquet in January and the AGM in February. This swap makes life easier for the treasurer and our financial reviewer. Thus, the annual potluck dinner will be held on January 14. Please…