Welcome to the new SONC website. We are still working on getting all off the various components up and running smoothly. In the meantime everything you need to know for the next while is available so enjoy. If you have any suggestions please get in touch with Bob Handfield or Glenda Ross.

Mission Statement:

“To provide a dynamic local focus for experiencing the natural world of B.C. and for promoting its conservation”

  • Indoor meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, September to May (except for December) at 7:00 pm in the basement of the Penticton United Church, 696 Main Street (blue church on the corner of Main & Eckhardt). Please bring your own coffee mug —- New members always welcome.
  • Our birding, wildflower, geology, social group meets every Thursday in the north parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall (north of Warren Ave. and east of Atkinson St.) at 10 AM (WINTER hrs).
  • Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.

Please Note: there will be no more Thursday birding until January.

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Penticton Christmas Bird Count

Sunday December 17th – annual Penticton Christmas Bird Count round-up and pot-luck dinner. Whether you take part in the bird count or not, you may attend the count-up; price of admission is a pot-luck dish to share with the other birders. Doors open at 4:30 with dinner at 5 PM. Bringing your own dishes and cutlery would be appreciated.

For a complete list of local count dates check under “birding” on the header above.

There will be no usual Thursday night meeting for the month of December.

Next Monthly Meeting

This is our annual members’ night event when you can give a mini-slide show of any photos you want: hiking in the Alps, viewing cacti in Arizona, stalking Bighorn sheep in our valley—whatever your photos, show some of them to your fellow club members. Contact Myrna Bosomworth to schedule your presentation. (myrnabosomworth@yahoo.ca) In past years some members have gone well over their allocated time. To be fair to everyone, please note that you should not have more than about 1 or 1 1/4 slides per minute of time. So if you are planning a 10 minute presentation, figure on no more than 13 slides. A 15 minute presentation should have no more than 18 -20 slides.

Recent Newsletter

Our most recent newsletter is November and is available on the Honker page

Nature Photo Contest

The Club is sponsoring a photo contest open to all residents of the RDOS – you need not be a member of SONC. There will be a number of categories such as landscape, waterfowl, birds, wild flowers, etc. Prizes will be given in all categories with the total value of prizes in excess of $4,000. Photos must have been taken within the boundaries of the RDOS. There will be a small entry fee per photo. Exact details of the entry process will be posted soon – payment will be by PayPal on the website. Entries will be due in the spring of 2018. Get more details by clicking on the photo contest page above.

We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors for this contest: Vortex Binoculars Canada, Parks Canada, London Drugs, Penticton Western News, Burrowing Owl Winery, Waypoint Advisory Group – Raymond James Ltd, Penticton Golf & Country Club, The Book Shop and The Penticton Museum,