April 30, 2016
** Berks County Nature **
Since 2002 Now at 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 (4-28-16) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2016
23 species 1n 2016
Updated (4-30-16)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Birds seen in 2015
(245 species)

Butterfly Walks 2016 Updated (4-15-16)
Reading Public  Museum
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly
Sightings; 2000-15
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
Reading Planetarium
Star shows every Sunday from January through March 2016.
1 p.m. - "Astromaut"
2 p.m. - "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph"
3 p.m. - "From Earth to the Universe"
4 p.m. - "Jack Frost and the Skies of Winter"
Weekdays at 4 p.m. from January through March 2016.
Monday - "Stars"
Tuesday - "Sunstruck"
Wednesday - "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph"
Thursday - "Realm of Light"
Friday - "Jack Frost and the Skies of Winter"
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Baird Ornithological Club

Berks bird sightings for 2015 have been added to Berks County Nature. These sightings were compiled by Ken Lebo, past president of the Baird Ornithological Club. There are links on this page to the sightings from 2000 through 2015. These pages are also available from the "NEW - Birds seen in 2015 (245 species)" and "Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly 2000-15" links in the yellow box above.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

March 19, 2016             Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 PM
"Botany Walk at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center" by Dr. Susan Munch. After all the warm days last week we may find that the plants are looking a little bit more like spring than is usual at this time of year. Meet at Mansion (Main) parking lot Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.

Mengel Natural History Society

April 22, 2016           Friday 7:30 PM
"The Nature of Butterflies" presented by MNHS secretary, Karl Gardner. Overview, lifecycle, survival strategies, and diversity of Pennsylvania butterflies. Presentation will include hatching, feeding, eclosure, and other activities illustrated with closeup photographs and video.  Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.
<------ Black phase Tiger Swallowtail and Great Spangled Fritillary on Franklinia

Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

April 30, 2016               Saturday 10:00 AM      FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly, Bird, and Botany Walk" on Neversink Mountain. Butterflies, birds and plants. 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. Meet at S. 10th and South Street Reading. Park on South Street. Joint walk with  Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner, 610-987-3281, Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333, and Ken Lebo 610-856-1413. The public is welcome. Free.
Baird Ornithological Club

May 1, 2016             (Sunday) 7:00 AM
"BIRD WALK - Hamburg Reservoir" Meet in the parking lot at the end of Reservoir Rd. Go east on Old Rte 22 out of Hamburg, turn left on Reservoir Rd after going through Edinburgh. (Lenhartsville is too far).Take Reservoir road to end. Bring lunch and water. Coordinator: Matt Wlasniewski, 610-463-8845. All Welcome. Free.

Baird Ornithological Club

May 7, 2016             (Saturday) 7:00 AM
"BIRD WALK - Pine Swamp" This is a great location for migrants as well as uncommon local birds like Ruffed Grouse, and Kentucky Warblers. Meet in the parking lot on the (right) west side of Pine Swamp Rd about 1/2 mile south of Hawk Mountain Rd. Coordinator: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413. All Welcome. Free.

Baird Ornithological Club

May 14, 2016             (Saturday) 7:00 AM
"Spring Bird Walk - State Game Lands #52 (Berks County Section)" Meet at parking lot on left (east) side of Maple Grove / Edward's Rd. about 2 miles south of Maple Grove Raceway just past the top of the hill and a few yards after you enter Lancaster Co. Coordinator: Mike Slater 610-698-4031, Cell 610-698-4031 . 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.