Partial Update
October 21, 2014
** 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 (1-1-14) 
Baird Ornithological Club 2013-2014.
NOTE! NEW URL for 2014-2015 is
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
 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 10-21-14) 
 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 October, November, & December 2014.
1 p.m. - "Animals of the Sky"
2 p.m. - "Back to the Moon for Good"
3 p.m. - "Dynamic Earth"
4 p.m. - "Astrology: A Story of You" (NOTE: December will be "Animals of the Sky") 
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in October, November, & December 2014.
.             Mon. - "Animals of the Sky" 
.             Tues. - "Stars"
.             Wed. - "Back to the Moon for Good"
.             Thurs. - "Two Small Pieces of Glass"
.             Fri    . - "Astrology: A Story of You" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Mengel Natural History Society & Baird Ornithological Club
Mengel Natural History Society

October 24, 2014            Friday   7:30 pm 
Meso-American Coral Reef Ecology by Linda Ingram, past manager of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center and wildlife tour leader. Turneffe Atoll is the largest coral atoll in the western hemisphere. Linda will share photos of little seen inhabitants of coral reefs - including corals, sponges, fishes, spiny creatures, and residents of adjacent underwater habitats. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Give-away. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, located on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724.

Wednesday Botany Walks

October 22, 2014            Wednesday   2 - 4 pm 
Poole Preserve -- diversity of trees, club-mosses, and mosses.
From Pricetown Road: Enter Antietam Road (across from Giannotti’s Restaurant/next to Alsace Manor Fire Company) and travel 1.2 miles to the Earl Poole Sanctuary. Entrance will be on your Right. From Lower Alsace/Mount Penn region: Follow Antietam Road north into Alsace Township. The Earl Poole Sanctuary will be on your Left 0.7 mile from the intersection of Antietam Road, Basket Road, and Church Hill Road.

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.