COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of most CONC activities.

Regular evening meetings, via Zoom, are occurring. The topics for the next meeting are described below.

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.

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.

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 the May/June Okanagan Mountain Park Critter Count.

Join us!

Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.

Upcoming activities

As noted above, the birding, hiking, snowshoeing, botany, and bicycling activities mentioned below are cancelled until further notice.

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: 9 March 2021, via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m.

Flower Power – Experiences in Forensic Botany

Speaker: Rolf Mathewes

Since 1986, Rolf has been involved in criminal and other legal investigations, using macroscopic plant remains and microscopic pollen and spores as trace evidence in homicides and other cases, including an Indigenous land claim. His academic background in paleobotany and pollen analysis preadapted Rolf for investigations involving the fragmented and small plant parts that often turn up in police investigations. Rolf will review some basic principles and history of forensic botany, and then focus on his experiences with some real cases in British Columbia. His “signature case” is the murder of Heather Thomas in 2000 in Cloverdale, and the role of plant evidence in convicting the murderer.

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

Latest newsletter

Here’s our latest (March 2021) newsletter.

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