Update
May 24, 2015
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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 (5-9-15) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
 Butterflies seen by month in 2015
30 species seen in 2015. 29 in May
Updated (5-24-15)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterfly Walks 2015 Note change to
Aug 1. Updated (4-21-15)
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Reading Public  Museum
Birds seen in 2014 (255 species)
Berks County Conservancy

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Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly 2000-14
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
  Wednesday Botany Walks
Updated 12-14-14) 
 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
Target birds during this exploration of Berks County's fields include Dickcissel, Bobolink, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Meet at the Lake Ontelaunee Dam Breast for car-pooling. Coordinator: Sarah Hungerford, 485-955-1121
Reading Planetarium
Star shows every Sunday in May and June 2015.
1 p.m. - "Zulu Patrol"
2 p.m. - "Sun Struck"
3 p.m. - "Stars"
4 p.m. - "Dynamic Earth"  
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in April, May and June 2015.
.             Mon. - "In My Backyard" 
.             Tues. - "Sunstruck"
.             Wed. - "Light Years from Andromeda"
.             Thurs. - "Astronaut"
.             Fri    . - "Back to the Moon for Good" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Wednesday Botany Walks

Continuing in 2015.            Wednesday    2 - 4 pm

Baird Ornithological Club

May 10, 2015             Sunday 7:00 AM
"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. As we walk into the woods, we will almost immediately come back into Berks Co. and spend all of our time there. Wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet or muddy (dew and some mud puddles) and bring tick/insect repellent and sun screen if you want them. Leader: Mike Slater home: 610-775-3757. Cell 610-698-4031 Call if you are running late and we will wait for you. All welcome. Free.

Baird Ornithological Club

June 13, 2015             Saturday 8:00 AM
"Grassland Breeding Birds" Target birds during this exploration of Berks County's fields include Dickcissel, Bobolink, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Meet at the Lake Ontelaunee Dam Breast for car-pooling. Coordinator: Sarah Hungerford, 485-955-1121 All welcome. Free.

Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

July 25, 2015         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 610-373-1064. The public is welcome. Free.
Spotted Lanternfly QUARANTINE for five Berks County Townships
THE FIRST RECORDED DISCOVERY of this INSECT in NORTH AMERICA

Spotted LanternflyThis 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. All residents and visitors (such as hikers and hunters) to eastern Berks County should keep a lookout for these insects. ALL SIGHTINGS should be reported to the phone or email list on the PA Agriculture web page for this insect at Spotted Lanternfly. That page also has photographs of the egg masses found in winter and the nymph stages found from May to mid summer. 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.

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.