Welcome to the new SONC website. 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.
  • For July and August our birding, wildflower, geology, social group meets only twice a month instead of every Thursday in the north parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall (north of Warren Ave. and east of Atkinson St.) at 8 AM. For July it is July 12 and July 19. Starting Sept. 13/18 birding starts at 9 AM
  • Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly meeting is September 27th. Learn all about the banding of hummingbirds and fall migrants. The Vaseux Lake banding station bands hundreds of birds passing through our valley each autumn. Banders Jason and Mathias Beiber will give us the low down on all of this activity.

Recent Newsletter

Our most recent newsletter is March and is available on the Honker page under NEWS.

Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest

The Club is hosting a nature photo contest open to all residents of the RDOS – you need not be a member of SONC. There are 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. Entries must be made between March 1 and July 15. 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, Burrowing Owl Winery, London Drugs, Penticton Western News, Waypoint Advisory Group – Raymond James Ltd, Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, Penticton Golf & Country Club, The Nature Trust of BC, The Book Shop, BC Nature, BC Naturalists Foundation and The Penticton Museum.