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.
Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.
As noted above, the birding, hiking, snowshoeing, botany, and bicycling activities mentioned below are cancelled until further notice. When they resume, the activities will appear in the calendar below.
Additional information on Wednesday hikes/snowshoe trips (and Saturday hikes/snowshoe trips and Friday bicycle trips) is on the Hiking page.
Additional information on Thursday birding trips, Saturday birding trips, and the spring and fall Monday 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 (but not in 2021).
Next meeting: 11 May, via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m.
Title: Why are there so many bird species in the tropics?
Speaker: Jason Weir
Why do the tropics harbour so many bird species? The 19th-century explorer Alfred Russel Wallace believed that low extinction rates in the relatively benign climates of the tropics had allowed for the gradual buildup of high species richness there, while high extinction rates at high latitudes prevented such a buildup. Others have instead argued that evolution occurs faster in the tropics than at high latitudes, resulting in more species being produced near the equator than toward the poles. Jason tackles this question by estimating whether the rates at which new species form and perish vary with latitude. A key finding is that species evolve most rapidly where diversity is low. Canada, not the Amazon is the hotbed of evolutionary divergence.
More details on this and other upcoming CONC meetings: Upcoming CONC meetings document.
Here’s our latest (May 2021) newsletter.
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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.