August 27, 2016
** 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 (8-27-16) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2016
49 species 1n 2016
Updated (8-9-16)
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
Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

August 13, 2016                      Saturday 10 AM      FIELD TRIP
Dragonflies - Bartram Trail/Kernsville Dam"  Directions:   Rte 61 north, right on Jetson Dr. (across from Cabelas), right on Industrial Dr, left on Kernsville Dam Rd. The parking area is on the right. Coordinators: Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657. The public is welcome. Free.

Kernsville Dam Desilting Basin - August 13, 2016
16 total species seen: Dragonflies (13), Damselflies (3)
Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

August 27, 2016        Saturday 10 AM
"Butterfly Identification Walk at 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. 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. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281, Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). The public is welcome. Free.

TRIP REPORT - SPECIES SEEN (Report by Karl Gardner and 29 attendees)
Angelica Creek Park - August 27, 2016
15 butterfly species seen.
Pike-Oley-District Preservation Coalition

September 10, 2016        Saturday 10:00-11:30 AM
"Dragonflies and Damselfies" an illustrated talk by local expert Ken Lebo. Followed (weather permitting) by a walk to the Old Larchwood swimming pool to look for any lingering dragonflies and/or damselflies. (The pool is about a 5 minute walk away.) Held at the District Township Building (202 Weil Road, Boyertown, PA 19512) just off Landis Store Rd. about 1.1 mile south of Landis Store (or about 2.2 miles north of Hill Church). The public is welcome. Free.

Spotted Lanternfly Recent Photograph

Spotted Lanernflies on Ailanthus on August 18, 2016 in heavily infested area near the center of the quarantine area.
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.