Well, it has been nine months without a post. CONC has resumed hiking and snowshoeing trips. It has resumed birding trips. But it is still unable and/or unwilling to resume in-person meetings. Perhaps sometime in the next year. In the meantime, we hope you have had a happy winter break so far and wish you a Happy New Year.
Well, the intention was to announce that CONC activities were resuming. But, today, BC set a record for the most new COVID-19 cases in one day and the executive decided last week that activities would NOT be resuming at this time. Good choice. You can always attend the monthly presentations by Zoom or get out yourself, properly protected.
Yes, I know that we should have a blog entry every day or so, but that isn’t always possible. Now that we are into March we have changed the featured image on the home page; snowshoes are replaced by buttercups. There are lots of pussy willows out, too. In case you haven’t noticed, CONC has a new president. Douglas Graham has taken on the task of leading CONC out of COVID times! Rick is still involved as past president.
Well, there is snow in the hills around Kelowna so winter is coming quickly. COVID-19 continues to cause difficulties but CONC is making an effort to resume some activities. Monday birding walks are resuming and the second-Tuesday evening meetings are resuming via Zoom, thanks to Douglas. The executive hopes to see you at a CONC activity soon.
Groups of CONC members are carrying out unofficial, socially-distanced activities. One such is the monitoring of the bluebird trail at Gallagher’s Canyon. We have fledged one family of bluebirds and have a second family ready to go. But the highlight of today’s trip was the interaction between a garter snake and a Western Toad. MH provided this ***video***.
Well, we are almost into summer. Where has spring gone? Oh yes, it went by while we were in self-isolation due to COVID-19. CONC activities are still on hold, but some members are getting out for socially-distanced activities, including birding, hiking, and bicycling. For example, on May 17 a number of birders (some walking, some sitting, and some biking) did a mini-Big Day (from 0500 to 1300, through rain and sun) and found 120 species of birds in Kelowna.
First, the good news. CONC’s latest newsletter is on the CONC website. Second, the bad news. COVID-19 continues to be a problem in the community. All CONC activities remain suspended until sometime in the future. This suspension is affecting other activities as well; expect an announcement that the BC Nature AGM in late May is being postponed until May 2021. The Fall FGM has already been cancelled for other reasons.
As you may have noticed from the home page, CONC activities are suspended until the COVID-19 pandemic quietens down. In the meantime, birders have noticed Turkey Vultures, Western Meadowlarks, and Ruddy Ducks, all signs of spring. The botanists will start blog entries when something other than Sagebrush Buttercups and lomatium start appearing.
Is spring near? The evidence: Daily high temperatures in town are nearing 10 C Pussy willow catkins are appearing beside the snowshoe trails The snowshoe trails themselves are getting icy Sagebrush buttercups in bloom are being seen Bicycles are being dusted off Can hiking be far behind?
Well, we are in the midst of a little thaw. After the bitterly cold weather last week (which resulted in the cancellation of two snowshoe trips and one birding trip), the daily highs are once again above zero. If you are still indoors, you may be interested in these items on the Internet. A quiz that will answer the question What bird are you most like? Apparently I am most like a Rock Pigeon, of all things. A study that…