April 24, 2017
** 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
Page updated (4-22-17) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2017
15 species 1n 2017
Updated (4-24-17)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Birds seen in 2016
(245 species)

Butterfly Walks 2017 Updated (1-11-17)
Reading Public  Museum
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly
Sightings; 2000-16
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

Spotted Lanternfly - Check this site for a comprehensive review.

Spotted Lanternfly Public meetings in April 2017. Learn about this invasive insect. Please let them know you are coming by registering at: http://extension.psu.edu/pests/spotted-lanternfly/events or by calling 610-489-4315.

Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, Wed. April 5th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
District Township Municipal Building, 202 Weil Road, Boyertown, Sat. April 8th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, Wed. April 12th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Center at Spring Street, 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown, Sat. April 15th, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, Sat. April 22nd, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brandywine Heights Middle School, 200 W. Weis St., Topton, Wed. April 26th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ruscombmanor Township Office, 204 Oak Lane, Fleetwood, Thurs. April 27th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Milford Township Office, 2100 Krammes Road, Quakertown, Sat. April 29th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The flyer is at Spotted Lanternfly Public Meetings Spring 2017

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center - Home Page
The calendar of programs available at Nolde Forest is at THIS link.

April 8, 2017      Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 PM
"The Beauty of Botany Series" Dr. Susan Munch will present seasonal botany topics during a forest walk for hands-on identification. Also May 6 and June 3 (Saturdays) at the same time. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.
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.

Baird Ornithological Club

April 14, 2017                      Friday 7:30 PM
"Antarctic Odyssey" - Fulfilling a longtime dream by journeying to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, Dr. Steve Rannels retraces some of the path of Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic 1915 journey on its centenary year. The natural history is breathtaking - imagine standing within a colony of 250,000 King Penguins. Albatrosses, penguins, seals and sea lions abound in an environment of strikingly beautiful mountains, glaciers, and icebergs. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Mengel Natural History Society

April 28, 2017      Friday 7:30 PM
"The Good the Bad and the Beautiful - Fungi of Penn's Woods" presented by Jerry Hassinger, retired "protected wildlife supervisor" for the PA Game Commission. Fungi are extremely important for trees, wildlife and people. Mr. Hassinger will make this point while also illustrating the beauty of fungi. Photographing fungi is fun, educational and full of surprises. Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

April 29, 2017      Saturday 10:00 AM     FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly, Bird, and Botany Walk" on Neversink Mountain. We will view at a distance and for a good look we will capture some butterflies and put them in viewing jars so you can get a close look before releasing them. Meet at S. 10th and South Street Reading. Park on South Street. Leaders: Karl Gardner, 610-987-3281, Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333, and Ken Lebo 610-856-1413. The public is welcome. All welcome. Free.

Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA)

May 6, 2017      Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM
MAREA Solar Tour 2017 The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) is offering the opportunity to see solar energy technologies and applications in the Berks, Chester, Lehigh, and York County areas on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is a free tour The link to tour information is at MAREA Solar Tour 2017. Please check it a few days before the tour because more homes may be added.

Spotted Lanternfly - Check this site for a comprehensive review.
QUARANTINE for many southeastern municipalities.

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.

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. Links to these articles can be found at the Outside page of Berks Country.

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.