March 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
0 species seen in 2015. 0 in March
Updated (3-3-15)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterfly Walks 2015 Updated (3-4-15)
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 March 2015.
1 p.m. - "Legends of the Night Sky"
2 p.m. - "Tales of the Mayan Skies"
3 p.m. - "Realm of Light"
4 p.m. - "Jack Frost and the Skies of Winter"  
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in December 2015.
.             Mon. - "Our Place in Space" 
.             Tues. - "Clouds of Fire"
.             Wed. - "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity"
.             Thurs. - "More than Meets the Eye"
.             Fri    . - "Jack Frost and the Skies of Winter" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Wednesday Botany Walks

To continue in March 2015 (when weather permits).            Wednesday    2 - 4 pm

French Creek State Park

March - Herp Helper Night for Spotted Salamanders.
Contact Lori Soraparu () to get on e-mail contact list. Emergence is weather dependent. Often a windy or foggy night, always rainy.
Mengel Natural History Society

March 27, 2015      Friday 7:30 PM
Native Pollinators:  Bumblebees, Wasps, Flowers”    by Mike Slater, author of Outdoors which appears in the Wednesday Reading Eagle supplement Berks Country. We will look close-up at flowers, insects (maybe a hummingbird or two) and include a few short video clips to look at this interdependency which has resulted in the beautiful flowers that we find so attractive and also depend on for food too!
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.
Baird Ornithological Club

April 10, 2015             Friday 7:30 PM
"Birding by Ear." Join Baird member Ken Lebo for a class on how to recognize what you are hearing. Confused by all those warbler and vireo songs? This multimedia presentation will help us all refresh our memories and learn new bird songs in time for spring migration and the return of our breeding birds.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.

Baird Ornithological Club

April 11, 2015             Saturday 8:00 AM
"Field Trip to Kernsville Dam." Take PA-61 north, turn right on Jetson Dr (across from Cabelas), right on Industrial Dr, left on Kernsville Dam Rd, Meet at the monument, approx 50 feet ahead. Coordinator: Matt Wlasniewski, 610-463-8845. All welcome. Free.

Monocacy Hill Conservation Association

April 12, 2015      Sunday 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Wildflower Walk”   We will search for early wildflowers (and other plants) restarting activity after this harsh winter. All Welcome. Free. Driving Directions
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.