September 23, 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 (9-13-17) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2017
61 species 1n 2017 (Sep 37)
Updated (9-23-17)
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

Mengel Natural History Society
September 22, 2017              Friday  7:30 pm
"Pennsylvania's Threatened and Endangered Grassland Birds" by Patti Barber, state endangered species specialist. The dominance of forested landscape in Pennsylvania makes conserving grassland species an interesting challenge.  We need to identify and focus our limited resources on those grasslands most valuable to our grassland nesting birds.  The talk will focus on natural history, ecological needs, and conservation outlook for our rare grassland birds.  It will touch on ways you can help these birds and their habitat. The program will be followed by our Fall Native Plant Exchange and Give-away. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.
<---Photo by Jacob Dingel, PA Game Commission.
Lancaster Butterfly
& Entomological Club
Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club

Monday,  October 2, 2017   7:00 pm   
"Member's Night" Members share recent sightings, photos, movies, specimens, books, other observations.

October 7, 2017      Saturday 1:00 PM
Guided tour of an extensive collection of trees and shrubs, both native and non-native, led by Ted Stokes and Susan Munch in Exeter Township, Berks County. If you would like to take part, please call 610-401-6212 or e-mail for further information. Besides mature Franklinia which may be still in bloom and very large Taxodium with big knees, at least fifteen other conifer genera are in the collection as well as thirty-five species of oaks and many more other broad-leaved trees. If you let us know what you want emphasized , we will tailor the tour to suit your interests.

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.