June 19, 2019
** 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
Updated (5-16-19) 
Baird Ornithological Club
BairdOrnithological Club flashbirdwalks
Baird Ornithological Club on Facebook
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club Updated (5-14-19)
Butterflies seen by month in 2019
40 species in 2019
Updated (6-19-19)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Berks Birds seen in 2018
(250 species)

Berks County Butterfly Walks 2019 Updated (12-22-18)
Reading Public  Museum
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly
Sightings; 2000-2018

Updated (1-14-19)
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 listed below

Berks County Bird Species seen in 2018.

This list of 250 species was prepared by Ken Lebo, past president of the Baird Ornithologcal Club and is now available on-line.
The Berks County butterfly sightings page for 2019 is up.

36 butterfly species have been seen as of June 11. You can see first monthly sighting dates for 2019 on this page and are invited to participate with your sightings. Links to past year reports can be found on the bottom of the 2019 sightings page. Links to the Berks County and Lancaster County 2019 sightings pages are permanent features in the yellow box above.

Mengel Natural History Society

June 1, 2019    Saturday 10 AM    FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Green Hills Preserve 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. A checklist of butterflies known from the park will be provided. Take PA-10 south to PA-568. Turn right (west) for 1/2 mile to Gunhart Rd. Turn right. Park on right in about 1/4 mile. (553 Gunhart Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540) 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). All welcome. Free.

7 species were seen on this field trip including the first Berks County sightings of the year for the Painted Lady and for the relatively uncommon Swarthy Skipper (7+ seen of this species).
Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

June 22, 2019         Saturday 8:00 PM  to  ?  FIELD TRIP 
"Moth Night at Nolde Forest Environmental Education 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. We usually see 50+ species on these nights. The public is welcome. Free. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center - Home Page

The SPOTTED LANTERNFLY (Lycorma delicatula)
What to do if you Find the Spotted Lanternfly on your Property.

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.