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.
  • 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 (SPRING hrs).
  • Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Dr Alan Burger will talk about Antarctic Wildlife—Life in a Changing Environment. Dr. Burger is a recently retired sea-bird biologist and university professor. He regularly goes to the Antarctic as a naturalist/lecturer on small adventure-tourism vessels.  

He has done many voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia and in 2015 he completed a 31-day voyage from New Zealand to the Ross Sea – the deep south – and along the West Antarctic coast. Global climate change is affecting the Antarctic and its wildlife but sometimes in unexpected ways. Enjoy many photos of wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest – Breaking News

A new category with additional prizes just added to the photo contest.  The new category is Invasive Species and is sponsored by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS). See the photo contest page for additional details.
Note also that a new payment option has been added

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, London Drugs, Penticton Western News, Burrowing Owl Winery, Waypoint Advisory Group – Raymond James Ltd, Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, Penticton Golf & Country Club, The Nature Trust of BC, The Book Shop and The Penticton Museum.