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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 9 AM.
• Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.
Next Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 23/15
Snake research program at the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre.
- Biologist Jared Maida will give a presentation about the snake research program at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. In British Columbia, critical grassland ecosystems face a number of threats due to anthropogenic demands such as residential expansion, agriculture and tourism. These diminishing ecosystems represent less than 1% of the provinces land base but are home to over 30% of the species at risk in BC including the Northern Pacific rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) and Great Basin gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer deserticola). Recognizing the increased pressures on these native snakes, the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre Snake Program was established in 2002, and is the longest running population study of its kind in the province. The research conducted from the Osoyoos lab has been an integral contributor to rattlesnake and gopher snake management and conservation province wide. This presentation outlines the work of the program, the history of snake research in the South Okanagan and the relationship between snakes and human development.
Next Field Trip
April 26/15
Strawberry Creek Ramble. Check out "Field Trips 2015" for info
Habitat Garden
A reminder - Saturday, April 25th at 9:00 am is a scheduled weeding at the Habitat Garden.
Please mark Saturday, May 9th as the next date.
See you Saturday!

Joyce
BOOKS
South Okanagan Nature BOOKS book1
Okanagan Valley Birding Trail Guide
The "must-have" guide to the hottest birding spots in the Okanagan Valley. Thirty-two pages crammed with all the info you need to find birds in the Okanagan. With more than 320 species possible, the Okanagan has everything from ptarmigan to Sage Thrashers and lots in between.

Available now for only $4.00 plus postage & handling. To order click on books in the list above.
WELCOME to the 2014/15 Executive
President: open
Vice President: open
Treasurer: Paul Graham
Secretary: Marlene Hikichi
Past President: Bob Handfield
Directors: Jerry Buzzell, Doreen Olson, Lisa Scott, Dennis St. John, Jim Turnbull.