Spring is definitely underway in the Central Okanagan. The Sagebrush Buttercups are out, the Mourning Cloak butterflies are flying, and the Turkey Vultures and Ruddy Ducks are back. Along Mission Creek, the turtles are in the ponds and the garter snakes are coming out of their hibernacula. Snowshoeing has finished for the season; hiking and cycling have resumed. Monday birding walks are resuming, Thursday birding trips continue, and the Friday botany trips are resuming. Please join us in these activities.
Well, it’s been quite a winter so far. The snowshoeing was okay but we could have used more snow. Then the polar vortex came to town and we had to cancel trips because it was too cold. The birders continued birding but then the highway was closed so birding south became more difficult. At least snow did not stop almost 80 members from coming out to the annual banquet on February 12. Thanks to all who attended, especially those who…
The rest of Canada is very, very cold, but it has been a mild winter so far in the Central Okanagan. As a result, birders have continued their birding trips and hiking groups have continued their weekly trips (on snowshoes). Their are even rumors that some members have found some flowers (buttercups) in bloom. The February meeting is coming up soon, our annual potluck banquet. Contact the president if you would like a ticket; there are only a few tickets…
Looks like winter is definitely closer. What are the clues? Christmas Bird Counts all over the continent. Snow in town and in the hills. Snowshoeing trips are starting Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check the calendar!
Fall is definitely here. Is winter on the way? It’s hard to tell what the weather will be doing from day to day. Birders continue their weekly trips, getting ready for the Christmas Bird Count period. Hikers continue to hike on Wednesdays, sometimes walking through some snow. Bicyclists are resting their bikes for the winter. Botanists are also resting for the winter. But we have seen photos of Sagebrush Buttercups at the UBC Okanagan campus and in Black Mountain /…
Happy Hallowe’en! With the end of October, the hiking activities officially end while we who spend the winter in Kelowna are awaiting the arrival of enough snow for skiing or snowshoeing. But, in the meantime, the Sole Survivors have scheduled some hikes in November, in case the snow is delayed. Check the calendar. The Ramblers will be snowshoeing too, once snow arrives. The botanists are lying low waiting for the first signs of Spring. The birders continue their trips year-round….
It’s a great fall! The presentations at Members’ Night were great. The weather has been great for outdoor activities. There are interesting birds around. It’s a great fall!
Thanks to all those who attended the BC Nature 2018 Fall General Meeting. Special thanks to the many CONC members who made it a success. The weather was not the greatest but the following week has been wonderful! Birders and hikers have had successful outings. Some hikers temporarily became birders while watching 1200 Sandhill Cranes fly overhead during a hike near Mahoney Lake. The botany group is even active, going on a mushroom and fungi foray on September 30.
Summer is nearing an end. The hikers and cyclists are back in full swing. The birders are also out, looking especially for migrants. And the author of these blog entries, both a hiker and a birder, has been busy coordinating CONC members to ensure that the BC Nature Fall General Meeting, starting today, goes off well. Unfortunately we did not liase well with the rain gods as the forecast is for damp weather.
The smoke is starting to disperse so hikes and bicycle trips are much more pleasant. Bird migration is well underway so the birding is much better too. Everyone is happier!