I wish it could decide if it is winter or spring. First, we get some snow, then we get some warm weather. Our annual trip to the Meadow Cabin at Nordic had to be changed as the snow was too sticky. We hope things improve for the rest of the winter, Remember that the CONC banquet is coming up on January 14. Details, including how to get tickets, are on CONC’s home page.
Fall comes, to be followed by snow. But trail work must continue. Here’s some late information from the Friends of the South Slopes (FOSS). Effective October 15, 2019, FOSS is very pleased to advise you that we now have a dedicated person who will monitor and facilitate trail maintenance in both MBPP (Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park) and OMPP (Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park): Herb Blamire. Herb is a former Board Member/President of FOSS and has more than 45 years professional experience in…
Halfway through November already! The hikers are starting to think of snowshoeing but the hills need more snow. The birders are starting to think of Christmas Bird Counts; Kelowna’s is December 14. Speaking of upcoming events, the Executive has decided that we should be holding our annual potluck banquet in January and the AGM in February. This swap makes life easier for the treasurer and our financial reviewer. Thus, the annual potluck dinner will be held on January 14. Please…
It’s the first day of fall and another climate change conference takes place this week. For some suggestions on helping the environment, consider these ideas.
Why we don’t throw out banana peels and apple cores on our outings It’s official. They decay slowly, very slowly. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a29022600/banana-peels-decomposition-process/
It’s hot and dry in the Central Okanagan but CONC activities continue. The summer has seen successful trips to Clearwater (Midsummer Madness) and the Washington Cascades (a week of hiking) as well as the usual Wednesday hikes, Friday bicycle trips, and Thursday (and occasional Saturday) birding trips. Now we are announcing the return of the Monday birding walks. Check our birding page for details.
Well, we had our annual picnic so monthly meetings will resume in September. Hiking, bicycling, birding, and botany trips continue, despite the warm weather. At the picnic we gave awards to Gwynneth and Harvey. You can read the details of their awards in the Summer edition of the BC Nature magazine, arriving soon at a mailbox near you if it has not already done so.
A month since the last post! Readers of the website have contributed a couple of birding links. Look for them on our Links page. We are beginning to consider how to add PayPal and e-transfers to our website. Watch for them. Several CONC members attended the BC Nature AGM in Duncan. The next meting, the Fall General Meeting, is being hosted by the Burke Mountain Naturalists in the Lower Mainland. CONC birders have been rewarded with sightings of Great Black-backed…
Spring is here, and maybe even summer. But then, we were snowed on a little while on McIntyre Bluff (Nʕaylintn) on April 27.
Spring is definitely underway in the Central Okanagan. The Sagebrush Buttercups are out, the Mourning Cloak butterflies are flying, and the Turkey Vultures and Ruddy Ducks are back. Along Mission Creek, the turtles are in the ponds and the garter snakes are coming out of their hibernacula. Snowshoeing has finished for the season; hiking and cycling have resumed. Monday birding walks are resuming, Thursday birding trips continue, and the Friday botany trips are resuming. Please join us in these activities.