Partial Update
April 13, 2014
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** 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.
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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 (4-9-14) 
Baird Ornithological Club.
Page updated (4-9-14)
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
Association
 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 4-13-14) 
 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.
Wednesday Botany Walks
April 9, 2014           Wednesday   2 - 4 pm
Monocacy Hill -- Park in the main parking lot which is just south (and a bit uphill) from the intersection of Geiger Rd. and Monocacy Hill Rd. in Amity Township. (If by any chance it is full, use the roadside along the edge of the park back towards Monocacy Hill Rd.) You can find more Driving directions and a Trail map at the Monocacy Hill web site. Leader Dr. Susan Munch of Albright College. All welcome. 
Baird Ornithological Club
April 11, 2014           Friday    7:30 pm
"Getting reacquainted with John James Audubon"  by Maureen Bando of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Travel back in time and get to know the naturalist and artist whose name is known to all birders. Meet at McConnell Hall, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center on PA-625 south of Reading,, 2 miles south of PA-724. Map showing location.   All welcome. Free..
Mengel Natural History Society
April 12, 2014                             Saturday 10 AM
Wildflower Walk. State Gamelands 52. Meet at large parking lot on west side of Maple Grove / Edward’s Rd. about 2.5 miles south of Maple Grove Dragway and just north of the bridge over the Turnpike. Leader: Mike Slater 610-775-3757. All welcome. Free.
How many food
calories in a gallon of
gasoline?
FOOD to GASOLINE
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.