Mengel Natural History Society and
Baird Ornithological Club
August 25, 2018 Saturday 10 AM
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Angelica Park. 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.
A checklist of the 29 species of butterflies known from the park will be provided.
Take PA-10 south from Lancaster Avenue 1-1/4 miles. The park entrance road
is on the right at the big masonry sign for Alvernia University. Turn right
and park at the first parking area on the right. (575 St. Bernardine Street)
Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281, Ken Lebo 610-856-1413,
and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule).
All welcome. Free.
County of Berks Pennsylvania
August 26, 2018 Sunday 2:00-3:30 PM
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Blue Marsh Lake-Swiftwater Access
Join naturalist and butterfly expert, Karl Gardner, for a butterfly walk along the
Connector Trail. Karl will start out by showing everyone some caterpillars. All
participants will receive a butterfly checklist, and we will have some extra nets if
you want to try your skills at catching these quick moving insects. We will use viewing
jars to see the butterflies up close and personal. If you have binoculars or a camera,
bring them along as they may become handy during this adventure. Swiftwater Access is off
Palisades Drive. 610-987-3281. All
Baird Ornithological Club
September 14, 2018 Friday 7:30 pm
"Discover One Bird - Save a Thousand!" by Doug Wechsler. In 1997, an odd bird,
later named the Jocotoco antpitta, was discovered in cloud forest of the Andes Mountains
of Ecuador. Scientists rushed to learn more about the bird and found themselves in a race
to save it. Cascading events led to the establishment of a chain of bird reserves and
conservation action across the globe. Doug Wechsler will recount this fascinating history
and will talk about bird conservation in Ecuador today. His beautiful images focus on the
biodiversity of the Ecuador reserves run by the Jocotoco Conservation Foundation.
Held at the
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center,
on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.
THE FIRST RECORDED DISCOVERY of this INSECT in NORTH
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,
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
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