November 21, 2015
** Berks County Nature **
Since 2002
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 (10-29-15) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
 Butterflies seen by month in 2015
71 species seen in 2015 . 11 in November
Updated (11-21-15) with late sightings
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterfly Walks 2015 Note change to
Aug 1. Updated (4-21-15)
Reading Public  Museum
Birds seen in 2014 (255 species)
Berks County Conservancy

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly 2000-14
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
  Wednesday Botany Walks
Updated 12-14-14) 
 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
Reading Planetarium
Star shows every Sunday in October and November 2015.
1 p.m. - "Oasis in Space"
2 p.m. - "Sunstruck"
3 p.m. - "From Earth to the Universe"
4 p.m. - "Stars"  
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in October and November 2015.
.        Mon. - "The Zulu Patro"
.        Tues. - "Astronaut"
.        Wed. - "From Earth to the Universe"
.        Thurs. - "Clouds of Fire: Origins of Stars"
.        Fri.     - "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Nolde Forest Environmental Center

November 9, 2015         Monday 9 AM - 3:30 PM
"Project Feeder Watch” The Center participates in the winter bird feeder counts sponsored through Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Volunteers observe, identify birds, and record data at the McConnell Hall bird feeders.  You may visit on any of the count dates, arrive and depart at any time.  If you need training please contact the Center.
More dates: Monday, November 9 at 9:00am to 3:30pm
Tuesday, November 10 at 9:00am to 3:30pm
Monday, November 23 at 9:00am to 3:30pm
Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00am to 3:30pm -- more dates through March 29, 2016
Nolde Forest Environmental Center

November 9, 2015         Monday 9 - 10:30 AM.
"Project Feeder Watch Training” Join us for a beginning birding identification program.  Learn the most common birds seen at bird feeders.  Presentation includes instructions on how to participate in the citizen science Project Feeder Watch at the Center or your home bird feeding area..
Also on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 9:00 - 10:30 AM.
Mengel Natural History Society

November 10, 2015         Tuesday 7:30 PM
"Salt Caves of the Atacama” by Thomas Hawkins, Philadelphia horticulturist. The Atacama is one of the driest places in the world. This lecture will touch on aspects of the weather, geology, plants, animals, and people of the region. It addresses the perpetual question of why explore caves. The lecture is based on a caving trip in February 2013. Held at the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in. All welcome. Free.
Baird Ornithological Club

November 13, 2015             Friday 7:30 PM
"Wildlife Painting and More" Wildlife artist David W. Hughes will talk about and demonstrate painting wildlife along with hawk migration and bird banding. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.

Mosses and Liverworts Class

November 21, 2015       Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
"Mosses and Liverworts Class” by retired Albright College biology professor Susan Munch. A large group of mosses and liverworts with a few lichens for comparison will be presented. Dissecting microscopes will be available as the class examines these small plants to learn about their growth, reproduction, and ecology in more detail than possible outdoors. Dr. Munch will be selling her book "Outstanding Mosses & Liverworts of Pennsylvania & Nearby States" at a greatly reduced cost. Held at "Clay on Main," 313 Main St., Oley, PA. The studio charges a per person fee of $25. To register call 610 987 0273. Studio information at http://www.clayonmain.org.
Spotted Lanternfly QUARANTINE for six Berks County Townships

UPDATE (Sept. 6, 2015) Most if not all spotted lanternflies are now in the adult stage and will be found primarily on or near Ailanthus trees. 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.