February 9, 2016
** 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.
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 (1-22-16) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
  Butterflies seen by month in 2015
71 species in 2015.
Updated (1-3-16)
Butterflies seen by month in 2016
1 species 1n 2016
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club

Butterfly Walks 2015 Note change to
Aug 1. Updated (4-21-15)
Reading Public  Museum
Birds seen in 2014 (255 species)
Berks County Conservancy
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
 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.
Reading Public  Museum

Now through February 14, 2016        
"Be the Dinosaur(TM): Life in the Cretaceous” Find out what it's like to be a dinosaur in this new interactive exhibition.
Baird Ornithological Club (Click on "BOC Meetings" or other tab for more info.)

February 12, 2016             Friday 7:30 PM
"Satellite-tracking Ospreys: Migration, Ecology, and Consevation" Learn about how tagging Ospreys has increased our knowledge about them. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.

Boscov's Campus of Courses

February 13, 2016             Saturday 10:15-11:15 AM
"Know Your Winter Feeder Birds" by Linda Ingram, Baird Ornithological Club. Many of us enjoy watching and feeding birds throughout the long cold winter. But who are these birds taking advantage of our hospitality and how do we attract even more? We'll share some tips and tricks through a photo presentation. At Boscov's Est. FREE. Registration required. To register by phone for East classes, please call 610-779-2000, press option 3, then ext. 3278.


February 27, 2016             Saturday 10:15 to 11:15 AM
"Welcoming Birds & Wildlife to Your Yard" by Linda Ingram, Baird Ornithological Club. This photo program shows how to use your yard landscaping to attract desirable wildlife. Based on Douglas Tallamy's game changing book "Bringing Nature Home", we'll explore using the native plants our wildlife depends upon. At Boscov's Est. FREE. Same registration requirements as above.

Spring Township Library

February 18, 2016             Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
"The Appalachian Trail"   Why would someone decide to hike the Appalachian Trail?  What kind of things would you see and what type of people would you meet? Find out from Mark Weyer, 2009 Schuylkill Valley Graduate, resident of Berks County and 2015 Appalachian Trail thru hiker. This program will be held at the Township of Spring Fire Station located at 2301 Monroe Ave in West Lawn. The presentation is a function of the Spring Township library and is free. Library phone number is 610-373-9888.

Mengel Natural History Society

February 26, 2016        Friday 7:30 PM

"The Awesome Native Orchids.”   by Dr. Francis Plucinsky. "This program contains numerous photos of native orchids and follows the evolution of Dr. Plucinsky's fascination with these flowers as he acquired more knowledge of them.  They have unusual life histories, which often includes a subterranean life style and a symbiotic relationship with fungi. There are some interesting stories here."   Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.       Grass Pink photograph by Dr. Francis Plucinsky.

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.