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“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 Thursdays 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.
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Next Monthly Meeting
Our March speaker is Stephanie Winton: Impacts of Roadkill on the Western Rattlesnake in British Columbia
Roadkill is a major and worldwide conservation threat to wildlife, particularly for species-at-risk that face existing natural constraints. The Western Rattlesnake, an iconic BC species, is highly susceptible to roadkill and likely to be affected by increasing human development in interior valleys. Research is being conducted to understand the long-term impacts on these threatened snakes and explore measures to reduce roadkill. Stephanie Winton, a conservation researcher with Thompson Rivers University and Environment Canada, recently completed her Master of Science degree assessing the impacts of roadkill to the rattlesnake population in the White Lake Basin. The results of her research highlighted the severity of this issue and led to the installation of ecopassages for snakes in partnership with local government and stakeholders.
Our most recent newsletter is March and is available on the Honker page under NEWS.
Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest
The contest is over and the nearly 5 month long exhibit at the Penticton Museum is finished. Thanks to everyone who participated.
The winners of the Penticton Western News Readers’ Choice awards have been announced:
First place: Waiting for Mom by Paul Graham
Second place: Big Horn Sheep in the Snow by Andrew Morrissey
Third place: Spotted Lake by Julian Giordano
The winner of the Waypoint Advisory Group (Raymond James) Peoples’ Choice Award was:
Paul Graham: Waiting for Mom
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.