BC Nature Conference and Fall General Meeting – Preliminary
September 21 - 24, 2017
“Lake, Grasslands and Forests”
Hosted by North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club (NONC), Vernon


Thursday, September 21
1:30 – 3:30 pm BC Nature Executive Meeting ………………………………..…………….. Monashee Room
4:00 – 6:00 pm Club Directors’ Meeting – light dinner provided …………………………... Monashee Room
4:00 – 7:30 pm Registration – Hotel Lobby with coffee, tea and mini-muffins
Dinner on your own
7:30 – 9:00 pm The Impact of Ranching on Our Grasslands by Ken Mather …………..Sierra Room
Coffee, tea and cookies served following speaker

Friday, September 22
6:00 – 8:00 am Early Morning Birding (pre-registration required) ……….. Meet leaders in hotel parking lot
7:30 – 9:00 am Registration - Hotel Lobby with coffee, tea and mini-muffins
Breakfast on your own
9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome by NONC President, Harold Sellers & Okanagan Indian Band Elder, Mollie Bono
9:15 – 10:00 am “Pining for Home: Is Assisted Migration ‘Playing God’? by Dr. Greg O’Neill … Sierra Room
10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee, tea and baked goods will be served …………………….……………… Sierra Room
10:30 – 11:15 am “Watershed Protection in a Dry Climate” by Jennifer Miles & Renee Clarke ......…. Sierra I
“Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey” by David Pitt-Brooke …….……… Sierra II
11:15 – noon “Wetlands Rehabilitation” by Carrie Nadeau …………………………………………. Sierra I
"Shrimp Fishing and other Related Issues in our Lakes" by Jason Webster ……… Sierra II
Lunch on your own
1:30 – 4:30 pm Field Trips (pre-registration required) …………………….. Meet leaders in hotel parking lot
Dinner on your own
7:00 – 7:30 pm “Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Program” by Krista Kaptein...……... Sierra Room
7:30 – 8:30 pm “Snakes in the Valley” by Mike Dunn …………………………………………….. Sierra Room
Coffee, tea & cookies will be served following speakers

Saturday, September 23
6:00 – 8:00 am Early Morning Birding (pre-registration required) ……….. Meet leaders in hotel parking lot
7:30 - 8:30 am Registration - Hotel Lobby with coffee, tea and mini-muffins
Breakfast on your own
9:00 - noon
Field Trips (pre-registration required) ………………........ Meet leaders in hotel parking lot
Noon Soup & Sandwich Buffet Lunch will be provided
1:30 – 4:00 pm BC Nature Fall General Meeting, Chair Alan Burger……………….………….. Sierra Room
BC Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation” by Brian Springinotic
Coffee, tea & cookies will be served
Free Time
6:00 – 10:00 pm Banquet (pre-registration required) - “Future Environmental Issues” by Dr. Brian Guy, Guest Speaker; Silent Auction Winners, Awards, Closing Remarks
No Host Bar throughout evening, Silent Auction (cash or cheques only)

Sunday, September 24 – Travel Home Safely
For delegates who would like to stay a bit longer and enjoy the area, two field trips have been arranged
9:00 am - noon Field Trips (pre-registration required) ……………………. Meet leaders in hotel parking lot

For Your Information

Venue - Village Green Hotel, 4801 27 Street. Vernon http://www.villagegreenhotel.com/
Meeting rooms: Sierra Room (Sierra I / II combined) Sierra I or Sierra II for smaller venue

Accommodation – room rate of $89 plus taxes at Village Green Hotel; for more hotels check www.tourismvernon.com

Early Morning Birding – Friday: Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary Saturday: Commonage
Meet leaders in hotel parking lot

Field Trips - meet leaders in hotel parking lot
Friday & Saturday: Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary, Grey Canal, Kalamalka Provincial Park, Middleton Mountain Park, Predator Ridge Resort Trails, Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary
Friday only: Kalamalka Forestry Centre Saturday only: Aberdeen Wetlands Sunday only: Rimrocks & Rail Trail


Please check NONC website for field trip descriptions [still to be added] www.nonc.ca