Partial Update
April 22, 2014
** 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 (4-20-14) 
Baird Ornithological Club.
Page updated (4-9-14)
Baird flashbirdwalks   BOC Facebook page
Berks Mineralogical Society
 Butterflies seen by month in 2013
73 species seen. 20 in October
Updated (10-14-13)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Butterfly Walks 2014 Updated (10-15-13)
Reading Public  Museum
Birds seen in 2012 (262 species)
Berks County Conservancy
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Yearly Berks Bird & butterfly sightings 2000-12
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
Virtual Natural History Museum of Southeast Pennsylvania
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 4-22-14) 
 Green Lane Park
and Events Brochure
 Blue Marsh Lake
 Woolly Bears and Look-alikes in Berks Co.
 Berks County RECYCLE info

Don't Forget Other Great Local Sources for Natural History are listed below
Reading Planetarium
Star shows every Sunday in April, May, & June 2014.
1 p.m. - "Animals of the Sky"
2 p.m. - "The Enchanted Reef"
3 p.m. - "STARS"
4 p.m. - "Astrology: A Story of You" 
Weekdays at 4 p.m. in April, May, & June 2014.
.             Mon. - "Animals of the Sky" 
.             Tues. - "Oasis in Space,"
.             Wed. - "Tales of the Maya Skies"
.             Thurs. - "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity"
.             Fri    . - "Astrology: A Story of You" 
Check the link for admission, conflicts and other information. Free to Museum members.
Wednesday Botany Walks

April 23, 2014           Wednesday    2 - 4 pm
Antietam Lake.  Let's meet at Antietam Lake this week to see the trilliums and whatever else is in bloom. Park in the large parking lot on the west side of the lake off Angora Rd. north of Stoney Creek Mills and Pennside.  Antietam Lake map.,-75.871505&z=15&t=h&hl=en.  Leader Dr. Susan Munch of Albright College. All welcome. 

Mengel Natural History Society
April 25, 2014           Friday 7:30 PM
Presentations by Hawk Mountain Interns 
We are pleased to have this special program giving us an opportunity to hear from young scientist-naturalists from around the world. They will select the topics. By special arrangement with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. 
Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.
Mengel Natural History Society
April 26, 2014               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.
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.