CONC activities have resumed! To participate in our in-person activities, you will be asked to sign a waiver stating you are fully-vaccinated and have not been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
Regular evening meetings, in-person, are occurring. The topic for the next meeting is described below the calendar.
Details on the activities are in the calendar below and on pages devoted to each activity. The next program is also described below.
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, the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Park Critter Count in May and the Okanagan Mountain Park Critter Count in June.
A 2020 activity was the Mission Creek Greenway Biodiversity Challenge organized by CONC in conjunction with the Friends of Mission Creek and Regional District Parks. How many species did naturalists find along the Greenway in 2020? The Challenge iNaturalist website is here.
Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.
The activities are listed in the calendar above.
Additional information on hikes/snowshoe/bicycle trips) is on the Hiking page.
Additional information on birding trips is on the Birding page.
Friday botany trips in the spring (and occasionally in the fall) are described on the Botany page. Note that this information includes places you can visit on your own, along with species lists,
Monthly Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m., currently in person whenever possible and otherwise via Zoom, with a picnic in June and a potluck in January.
Next meeting: March 14, in person, Evangel Church at 7:00 pm
Title: Friends of the South Slopes: mandate and activities.
Presenter: Daphne Richard and Penny Gubbels
About the presentation: The Friends of the South Slopes Society advocates for – and provides access to – connected, well-maintained recreation areas across the South slopes of Kelowna and the Kettle Valley Railway by constructing and maintaining public facilities, trails, and signs; and working with government partners to protect and expand natural areas.
FOSS and CONC collaborate on some trail maintenance (Goode’s Basin). We can also discuss if and how we could expand our partnership. Please join us to hear from a sister society.
The latest newsletter (Winter 2023) has been published
Need more information?
Please use the menu system at the top of each page and its links to explore our different activities. To ask specific questions, use our info address: contact us.
Specific people on the executive.
Last updated: 2023 02 26
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