COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of most CONC activities for many months but activities are resuming! 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, via Zoom, 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.
Some activities are resuming. 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 via Zoom, with a picnic in June (maybe happening in 2022).
Next meeting: 10 May, via Zoom
Title: Why participate in wildlife rehabilitation?
Speakers: Join Eva Hartmann BSc, RVT, Founder of Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (IWRS), and Christina Carrières RVT, CWR to learn about wildlife rehabilitation in BC – focus on the Okanagan.
About the presentation: From well-established organizations to facilities-in-the-making, we will explore why we need professional wildlife rehabilitation facilities and what is currently available. While there is a need for more facilities in the region, much can be done at home to prevent wild animals from becoming injured or orphaned. We will provide tips and tricks on how to turn your property into a wildlife-friendly environment, the do’s and dont’s as well as who to contact if you find wildlife in distress, and what is involved in the wildlife rehabilitation process. We welcome questions and look forward to engaging in discussions about our interactions with wildlife and the care we can offer when our wild neighbours are genuinely in need of help.
The latest newsletter (Winter 2021-22) came in three parts.
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.