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 Thursdays in the north parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall (north of Warren Ave. and east of Atkinson St.) at 9 AM. Thursday Dec 6th will be the last Thursday birding outing for 2018. They will resume in mid-January.  Don’t forget  2018 seasonal Christmas bird counts (more info under Birding/Christmas Bird Counts)
  • Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Local biologist and Club member Lisa Scott will share stories of her experiences in South Africa with her father in March-April 2018, at a time when drought-stricken Cape Town was seemingly weeks away from “Day Zero”. From the breathtaking scenery of the Cape Town area and the spectacular Garden Route coast line, then inland to the semi-desert Karoo and ending with the world famous Kruger National Park, Lisa will tell of incredible adventures.

Recent Newsletter

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

Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest

Only one week left to vote for People’s Choice Award

100 great photos from the contest are now on display at the Penticton Museum. While viewing the photos don’t forget to vote for the Raymond James People’s Choice Award. Originally scheduled to end in early January, the exhibit has now been extended to February 15th.  Voting for the Raymond James People’s Choice award will be open until January 11th. The winner will be announced the following week. You must visit the exhibit in order to cast your ballot.

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

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.