February 2, 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 (1-2-17) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2017
0 species 1n 2017
Updated (1-11-17)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Birds seen in 2015
(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

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

February 5, 2017      Sunday 2:00 PM
"Native Wildlife" a digital photo presentation by naturalist Richard Bonnett at 2 pm as part of the Nolde Mansion Open House. Discover what you an find in the Berks County area.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Baird Ornithological Club

February 10, 2017                      Friday 7:30 PM
"Flora and Avian Fauna of Ecuador's Andes" by Botanist Dr. Susan Munch and BOC member Linda Ingram. Ecuador, the Switzerland of South America, is a small country with big habitat and species diversity.  This program focuses on mid- to high-altitude species of the East-slope Andes including paramo, scrub, grasslands, forest, and cloud forest habitats. 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

February 24, 2017      Friday 7:30 PM
"Sky Islands of Southeast Arizona, Part II.”   by Richard Bonnett. Part II will cover Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Range, the San Pedro River Corridor,  then Cave Creek in the Chiricahua Range. Unique flora, fauna, and scenery with a focus on herpetology not presented in Part I. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

Some of the many programs available at Nolde Forest are at this link.
Books and Boots: Monthly Monday Program through May:
Next: Monday, February 6, 2017. 9:30 - 11:30 am Book discussion, followed by a body-exercising walk in Nolde Forest. Contact the Center (610-796-3699) for book list. Meet in Mansion Living Room.
Family Programs: "Snug in Snags." Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:00-11:00 am . Walk the trails and discover the wildlife living in the trees.
Nature Journaling Sundays: February 5, 2017. All ages are welcome to stop by the journaling station during the open house event to look more closely at nature's treasures through drawing and writing.
Learning Series: The Beauty of Botany Series (Adult) February 18, 2017. 1:00 - 3:00pm Dr. Susan Munch will present seasonal botany topics during a forest walk for hands-on identification. Also 3/19, 4/8, 5/6, and 6/3. Most programs are Saturdays with the exception of Sunday 3/19.
Citizen Science Bird Walk Saterday, February 18 10:00 - 11:30am Join Nolde staff for a bird walk through the forest. Help us identify and count the birds as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Bring your binoculars and field guides or borrow ours.

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.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.
Spotted Lanternfly
QUARANTINE for several Townships in Berks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties.

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.