April 16, 2018
** Berks County Nature **
Since 2002. Now at www.berkscountynature.org.
Nature Activities of Organizations in Berks County, Pennsylvania
This site contains information about programs, field trips, exhibits, and organizations relating to natural history in and around Berks County, Pennsylvania. Programs and events are open to the public.
Mengel Natural History Society  . To receive a monthly email notice of programs and field trips sponsored by the Mengel Natural History Society send an email request to .
Mengel Natural History Society
Updated (3-25-18) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2018
4 species 1n 2018
Updated (4-16-18)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Birds seen in 2017
(243 species)

Updated (1-7-18)

Berks County Butterfly Walks 2018 Updated (2-13-18)
Reading Public  Museum
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly
Sightings; 2000-2017

Updated (1-7-18)
Berks Nature Formerly Berks County Conservancy
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Berks Mineralogical Society

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Monocacy Hill Conservation Association

 Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Pike-Oley-District Preservation Coalition
Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society
Quittapahilla Audubon Society
Lebanon  County
  Blue Marsh Lake
Orchids of Berks County, Pennsylvania by Hans Wilkens
A checklist published by the MNHS.
 Tulpehocken Chapter - Trout Unlimited
  Muhlenberg Botanic Club
 Green Lane Park
and Events Brochure
  Berks County RECYCLE info

 Woolly Bears and Look-alikes in Berks Co.
  Blue Mountain Wildlife

Don't Forget Other Great Local Sources for Natural History are listed below

Baird Ornithological Club

April 13, 2018              Friday 7:30 pm
"Shorebirding Made Easier (kinda!)" One of the most frustrating family of birds to identify for the East coast birder seems to be the numerous specie group known as shorebirds.  You know - those birds running around in the mud that ALL look the same and are miles away! Well, there really is an easier way to identify shorebirds that will prove to be extremely accurate, fun and satisfying based on four simple key focus areas -  Date, Habitat, Behavior, Shape. Join the American Birding Association's Director of Conservation and Community, Bill Stewart for a program guaranteed to make your shorebirding much more enjoyable and successful! Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

The bridge over Angelica Creek on PA-625 north of Nolde will be closed during this time. Suggested alternate route is here.
Check out the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center Facebook page. Like and follow us to keep up with Nolde Center news and new program offerings.


Mengel Natural History Society

April 27, 2018              Friday 7:30 pm
"Bald Eagles, Yesterday and Today" presented by Frank Plucinsky. It was not too long ago that viewing a bald eagle in the wild was a rare experience and only occurred in some far away place.  Thanks to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's eagle restoration program seeing eagles is now a more common event.  We will visit some of the areas where eagles tend to haunt and where they periodically congregate in surprisingly large numbers.  Along the way we will also review some fascinating details about their life histories. Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.
Photograph by Frank Plucinsky.

The bridge over Angelica Creek on PA-625 north of Nolde will be closed during this time.
Check out the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center Facebook page. Like and follow us to keep up with Nolde Center news and new program offerings.


What to do if you Find the Spotted Lanternfly on your Property.

Citizen scientists can report sightings or collected specimens to the automated Invasive Species Hotline at 1-866-253-7189 or photographs may be sent to Badbug@pa.gov. Please check the the Spotted Lanternfly - delimitation map and only report sightings outside of known grids.

This insect (a plant hopper native to SE Asia) was discovered for the first time in North America in September 2014. It is a potential threat to an array of plants from herbaceous plants to trees, not only locally, but for the continent.

How many food
calories in a gallon of
Most of us know how many food calories an adult needs per day, so in the debate over making ethanol from corn to replace gasoline, wouldn't it be nice to know how many food calories there are in a gallon of gasoline? Can you skip breakfast and drive to work on the energy you didn't eat?
The answer is: the number of food calories in a gallon of gasoline is 31,500
For most adults this is the energy in about two weeks of food.
YOU can calculate this. How to calculate page.
Butterfly Enthusiasts
There is a small informal group of local butterfly collectors/observers in Berks Co. If you are interested in butterflies and would like to meet this group, contact. You are also invited to the butterfly walks found at the link at the top of the page.
You may contact the web master at the same address.
Other Great Local Sources for Natural History Activities and Information
Jack's Backyard, hosted by Jack Holcomb, on Saturdays at 8 to 10 am on WEEU, 830 AM, announces natural history activities at 8 am followed by 2 hours of call-ins and interviews about natural history. Rebroadcast on Sunday nights 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Outside by Mike Slater is a nature column which appears weekly in the Berks Country insert of the Wednesday Reading Eagle.

The Weekend section of the Thursday issue of the Reading Eagle includes a "To Do" list which includes natural history activities. 

      Berks County Nature was created January 29, 2002.