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 12, at Evangel Church on Gordon Drive
Title: North Sea Saga – June 24 – July 4, 2023
Presenter: Steffany Walker
About the presentation: The North Sea Saga was the name of the expedition that my sister and I joined June 24, 2023 with Adventure Canada. This is not an advertisement but a personal journey.
The Ocean Endeavour was our home for the next 11 days. Twenty hours of daylight made it surreal.
I will be showing you landscapes, the sea, birds, historical places of Scotland and a little-known island in the North Sea called Fair Isle (the most remote inhabited island in the United Kingdom ). But the Faroes is what I will be introducing you to the most.
With pictures and videos, I hope that you will come to appreciate how hardy and tough living can be in such amazing landscapes.
More details on this and other CONC meetings: Upcoming CONC meetings document.
The latest newsletter (Winter 2023) has been published.
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.