Partial Update
August 10, 2014
** 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 (6-8-14) 
Baird Ornithological Club 2013-2014.
NOTE! NEW URL for 2014-2015 is
Baird flashbirdwalks   BOC Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
 Butterflies seen by month in 2013
73 species seen. 20 in October
Updated (10-14-13)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterfly Walks 2014 Updated (10-15-13)
Reading Public  Museum
Birds seen in 2012 (262 species)
Berks County Conservancy
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Yearly Berks Bird & butterfly sightings 2000-12
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Monocacy Hill Conservation
 Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Pike-Oley-District Preservation Coalition
Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society
Quittapahilla Audubon Society
Lebanon  County
Virtual Natural History Museum of Southeast Pennsylvania
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 6-8-14) 
 Green Lane Park
and Events Brochure
 Blue Marsh Lake
 Woolly Bears and Look-alikes in Berks Co.
  Berks County RECYCLE info

Don't Forget Other Great Local Sources for Natural History are listed below
Reading Planetarium
Star shows every Sunday in April, May, & June 2014.
1 p.m. - "Animals of the Sky"
2 p.m. - "The Enchanted Reef"
3 p.m. - "STARS"
4 p.m. - "Astrology: A Story of You" 
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in April, May, & June 2014.
.             Mon. - "Animals of the Sky" 
.             Tues. - "Oasis in Space,"
.             Wed. - "Tales of the Maya Skies"
.             Thurs. - "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity"
.             Fri    . - "Astrology: A Story of You" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Mengel Natural History Society & Baird Ornithological Club
July 26, 2014         Saturday 8:00 PM  to  ?  FIELD TRIP 
"Moth Night at Nolde Environmental Edu Center."  Enjoy the Katydids with friends and family as leaders bait trees and hang sheets to bring in the night insects. A flashlight and a camera would be helpful. Who knows what will turn up.  Meet at picnic area behind main parking lot. Leaders are Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333,  Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Jim Eckert. All welcome. Free.
Mengel Natural History Society & Baird Ornithological Club
August 2, 2014   10:00 AM     Saturday   FIELD TRIP 
"Butterfly Walk" Meet at Lake Ontelaunee dam breast. Up to 22 species have been seen on this walk. Leaders: Ken Lebo,  610-856-1413, Karl Gardner 610-987-3281, and Ryan Woolwine (610-777-2333).
Wednesday Botany Walks

July, 2014            Wednesday    2 - 4 pm
Walks will resume July 30 or in August. 

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.