October 7, 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 (10-8-15) 
BairdOrnithological Club
Baird flashbirdwalks
Baird Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
 Butterflies seen by month in 2015
70 species seen in 2015. 15 in October
Updated (10-8-15)
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 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
  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 July, August, September 2015.
1 p.m. - "Astronaut"
2 p.m. - "Sun Struck"
3 p.m. - "Stars"
4 p.m. - "Dynamic Earth"  
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in July, August, September 2015.
.             Mon. - "The Great Space Treasure Hunt" 
.             Tues. - "Sunstruck"
.             Wed. - "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity"
.             Thurs. - "Oasis in Space"
.             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

Baird Ornithological Club

September 11, 2015             Friday 7:30 PM
"Identifying Fall Warblers" Ian Gardner, a Fort Indiantown Gap Biologist Aide, talks about how to identify fall warblers focusing on behavior, habitat preferences,as well as plumage. Learn more about how to distinguish these often confusing birds. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.

Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club

September 14, 2015            Monday 7:00 pm
"Lepidoptera Conservation in the Depart of Defense" David McNaughton, assistant wildlife program manager at the 17,000 acre Fort Indiantown Gap military facility will speak. Kinsey room on the second floor of the North Museum of Natural History & Science, on the corner of College Avenue and Buchanan Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Everyone is invited to the meetings, which are free. Please use the rear entrance and bring a friend.

Baird Ornithological Club

September 19, 2015             Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM
"Mount Penn Hawk Watch" View from the top of the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower. Coordinator: Bill Uhrich  610-373-8109.

Mengel Natural History Society

September 25, 2015         Friday 7:30 PM
"Beside the Babbling Brook" a video presentation by Fred Habegger. It features riparian habitats around Ephrata and the common, but often overlooked residents that call this home. Mallards, wood ducks, and muskrats are featured. We visit streams, ponds and rivers.  Fred is president of the Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club and has been interested in natural history his whole life. The program will be followed by our Fall Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All Welcome. Free.
Spotted Lanternfly QUARANTINE for six Berks County Townships

UPDATE (Sept. 6, 2015) Most if not all spotted lanternflies are now in the adult stage and will be found primarily on or near Ailanthus trees. 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
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.