Updated
March 18, 2017
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** 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.
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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 (1-2-17) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterflies seen by month in 2017
2 species 1n 2017
Updated (2-25-17)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Birds seen in 2016
(245 species)

Butterfly Walks 2017 Updated (1-11-17)
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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
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 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

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center - Home Page
The calendar of programs available at Nolde Forest is at THIS link.

Wednesday, March 22 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm at 3:30pm / Pick up 6:00pm
"World Water Day Celebration
Everyone needs water. Join with others around the world to promote clean water and a healthy environment. Visit Nolde Forest to learn about water resources and to create your own fish flag to commemorate the day. Arrive anytime between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
Check out the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center Facebook page. Like and follow us to keep up with Nolde Center news and new program offerings.
www.Facebook.com/NoldeForestEEC
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center - Home Page
The calendar of programs available at Nolde Forest is at THIS link.

Fridays March 24, 31 & April 7.     Drop off at 3:30pm / Pick up 6:00pm
"Fantastic Beasts" Camp ages 9-12 Penn's Adventurers. For ages 9-12 years.
Real creatures are just as fantastic as the magical ones created by J.K. Rowling. Explore the wondrous habitats of Nolde Forest and unique adaptations of the "fantastic beasts" that live there. Create a "fantastic beast" of your own. Dress for the weather and searching for beasts outdoors. $25 fee covers all three sessions. Participation requires a pre-registration form. Contact the park.
Check out the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center Facebook page. Like and follow us to keep up with Nolde Center news and new program offerings.
www.Facebook.com/NoldeForestEEC
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.
Mengel Natural History Society

March 24, 2017      Friday 7:30 PM
"Six-legged Crime Solvers: How we use insects and other arthropods in forensic investigations".   by Professor John Wallace of Millersville University. Dr. Wallace is Professor of Entomology, Aquatic Entomology, Medical and Forensic Entomology, Stream Ecology and Director, M.U. Center for Environmental Sciences. Co-Coordinator, Watershed Education Training Institute. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

March 27 & 28, 2017      Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
"Project Feeder Watch" The Center participates in the winter bird feeder counts sponsored through Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Volunteers observe, identify birds, and record data at the McConnell Hall bird feeders. You may visit on any of the count dates, arrive and depart at any time between 9:00am and 3:30pm.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Baird Ornithological Club

April 14, 2017                      Friday 7:30 PM
"Antarctic Odyssey" - Fulfilling a longtime dream by journeying to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, Dr. Steve Rannels retraces some of the path of Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic 1915 journey on its centenary year. The natural history is breathtaking - imagine standing within a colony of 250,000 King Penguins. Albatrosses, penguins, seals and sea lions abound in an environment of strikingly beautiful mountains, glaciers, and icebergs. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. 2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA. All welcome. Free.

Spotted Lanternfly
QUARANTINE for several Townships in Berks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties.
THE FIRST RECORDED DISCOVERY of this INSECT in NORTH AMERICA

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
gasoline?
FOOD to GASOLINE
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.