April 15, 2015
** 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 (3-3-15) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
 Butterflies seen by month in 2015
4 species seen in 2015. 4 in April
Updated (4-15-15)
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
 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
  Wednesday Botany Walks
Updated 12-14-14) 
 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 in April, May and June 2015.
1 p.m. - "Zulu Patrol"
2 p.m. - "Sun Struck"
3 p.m. - "Stars"
4 p.m. - "Dynamic Earth"  
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in April, May and June 2015.
.             Mon. - "In My Backyard" 
.             Tues. - "Sunstruck"
.             Wed. - "Light Years from Andromeda"
.             Thurs. - "Astronaut"
.             Fri    . - "Back to the Moon for Good" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Wednesday Botany Walks

Continuing in 2015.            Wednesday    2 - 4 pm

  Photo by Rich Bonnett.
Mengel Natural History Society

April 24, 2015           Friday 7:30 PM      
"Winter in Yellowstone" by member and past president Rich Bonnett. Program emphasis will be on Yellowstone wolves but there will be plenty of other fauna set in this winter wonderland. See geysers, vents, mud pots and boiling springs in 0 temperatures.  Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.
Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club

April 25, 2015               Saturday 10:00 AM      FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly, Bird, and Botany Walk" on Neversink Mountain. Butterflies, birds and plants. 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. Meet at S. 10th and South Street Reading. Park on South Street. Joint walk with  Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner, 610-987-3281, Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333, and Ken Lebo 610-856-1413. The public is welcome. Free.
Baird Ornithological Club

April 26, 2015             Saturday 8:00 AM
"Antietuam Lake - Birds & Wildflowers, 8 AM." From Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, turn onto Carsonia Ave, and drive to end. Turn left and make first left onto Angora Road. Pass Hill Road and turn into parking lot at the sharp corner. Coordinator: Bill Uhrich, 610-373-8109. All welcome. Free.

Spotted Lanternfly QUARANTINE for five Berks County Townships

Spotted LanternflyThis 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. All residents and visitors (such as hikers and hunters) to eastern Berks County should keep a lookout for these insects. ALL SIGHTINGS should be reported to the phone or email list on the PA Agriculture web page for this insect at Spotted Lanternfly. That page also has photographs of the egg masses found in winter and the nymph stages found from May to mid summer. 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.

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.