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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.

Join us!

Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.

Upcoming activities

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.

Next meeting: December 13 in person!

Title: Are riparian areas thermal refugia for Western Screech-owls?

Presenter: Megan Buers

About the presentation: Megan is working on her M.SC. at UBC’s Okanagan campus. She aims to determine how threatened Western Screech-owls (Megascops kennicottii macfarlanei) in south-central British Columbia are being impacted by changes in climate, namely temperature fluctuations and extreme heat events, and whether riparian areas offer owls some thermal buffering compared to upland environments. She will determine how temperature fluctuations and other habitat features impact owl behaviour by locating nests and then monitoring how often chicks are fed, the diet, and overall reproductive output and success

The meeting takes place at Evangel Church at 7:00 pm.

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

 

Latest newsletter

The latest newsletter (Summer 2022) has been published

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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.

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Last updated: 2022 11 14