October 10, 2017
** 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 (9-13-17) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2017
61 species 1n 2017 (Oct - 15)
Updated (10-9-17)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Birds seen in 2016
(245 species)

Butterfly Walks 2017 Updated (1-11-17)
Reading Public  Museum
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly
Sightings; 2000-16
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

Baird Ornithological Club

October 13, 2017              Friday 7:30 pm
"Arctic Raptors: Adaptations to an Extreme Environment" Presented by Hawk Mountain's Jean-Francois Therrien. The presentation will review current research projects ongoing at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, with an emphasis on adaptations of raptors to the hostile and unpredictable Arctic environment. The audience will witness how we manage to monitor those highly mobile birds of prey through consecutive years via a slide show depicting field work situations and recent results. All Welcome. Free. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Mengel Natural History Society
October 27, 2017              Friday  7:30 pm
"Dragonflies of Utah"  by Ken Lebo. Join Ken as he recalls last year's DSA (Dragonfly Society of Americas) meeting in Utah. Visiting Zion National Park as well as mountains and deserts. Images will include a variety of scenic views, flowers and of course all kinds of insects. Ken is a Mengel member, nature photographer, and past president of the Baird Ornithological Club. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.
Entomological Society of Pennsylvania
October 28, 2017          Saturday  9:00 am - 4:00 pm (registration starts 8:00 am)
"The 94th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Pennsylvania
The annual meeting of ESP is held each year in the fall at a location in Pennsylvania. This year it is being held in Berks County at the Boehm Science Center on Kutztown University's campus in Kutztown, PA.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. David M. Wright, a Member of the Executive Board of the Lepidopterists' Society and Co-author of the recently published book "Butterflies of Pennsylvania". David will be presenting "A Potpourri of Butterfly Species in Pennsylvania; how they formed and where they originated." Other speakers include: Sven Spichiger, Director of the Entomology Program at the PA Dept. of Agriculture, Dr. Amanda Whispell, Kutztown University, Dr. Greg Setliff, Kutztown University, and Dr. John Wallace, Millersville University.
Member's are a mix of amateur and professional entomologists. Non members are welcome. There is a $15 fee ($12 before October 26) which covers morning refreshments and lunch in the Cub Cafe (An "All-you-care-to-eat," food-court).
The ESP website above has more program information, directions, and a registration form.

What to do if you Find the Spotted Lanternfly on your Property.

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. Please check the the Spotted Lanternfly - delimitation map and only report sightings outside of known grids.

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.

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.