Mengel Natural History Society 2015-2016

Berks County, Pennsylvania

   August 27, 2016
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NEXT EVENTS

. August 27, 2016    Saturday 10 AM    FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Angelica Park (BOC)  Take PA-10 south from Lancaster Avenue 1-1/4 miles. The park entrance road is on the right at the big masonry sign for Alvernia University. Turn right and park at the first parking area on the right. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281, Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). The public is welcome. Free. 

. August 13, 2016                           Saturday 10 AM FIELD TRIP
"Dragonflies - Bartram trail/Kernsville Dam"  10 AM. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club.  Rte 61 north, right on Jetson Dr (across from Cabelas), right on Industrial Dr, left on Kernsville Dam Rd. The parking area is on the right. Coordinators: Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657.

TRIP REPORT - SPECIES SEEN (Report by Karl Gardner and 29 attendees)
Angelica Creek Park - August 27, 2016
15 butterfly species seen.
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The public is welcome at all activities. All lectures and field trips are free.

ABOUT THE MENGEL NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY

The Mengel Natural History Society originated as the Natural History Hikers in the 1930's, was renamed the Mengel Natural History Society in 1941, and incorporated as a non profit organization in 1956.

The By-Laws state: "The purposes of the Society are the stimulation of interest and study in natural history in all its branches, the promotion and diffusion of scientific knowledge, and the creation of the scientific spirit."

ACTIVITIES
*  Monthly Meetings with Lecture
*  Field Trips for Wildflowers, Butterflies, etc.
*  Annual Wildflower Exchange and Give-away and annual Wildflower Seed give-away.
*  Show & Tell plus Members’ Night for your participation
*  Occasional bus trips to museums
*  A place to meet other people interested in the natural world 

MEETINGS

The Society meets once a month from September though April at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. Usually on the fourth Friday of the month. In November we meet jointly with the Berks Mineralogical Society (on the second Tuesday) and in December we meet jointly with the Baird Ornithological Club (on the second Friday). In May we meet at a local restaurant for a dinner meeting. Joint meetings may be held at another location. We also sponsor field trips.

The public is welcome at any of the activities. All lectures and field trips are free.

If you are interested in joining the Society, you may pay dues at any meeting or mail them in. 
Dues year is September to September,  Download dues form (2015-2016) as PDF (20 KB)

        Dues  --  No change from 2015.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2015-2016 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2015-2016 Mengel page 1 as pdf. (102 KB):         (Last updated: September 12, 2015)
Download 2015-2016 Mengel page 2 as pdf. (102 KB)          (Last updated September 12, 2015)

(Programs & Field Trips) - 2015/2016 Season
For information: 610-670-0657

. 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.

. October 23, 2015                 Friday 7:30 PM
"Speedwell Wolves,"  a DVD based presentation by Dennis and Patti Binkley about the Wolf Sanctuary of PA in Lancaster County which takes care of over forty wolves. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

. November 10, 2015                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
Salt Caves of the Atacama” by Thomas Hawkins, Philadelphia horticulturist. The Atacama is one of the driest places in the world. This lecture will touch on aspects of the weather, geology, plants, animals, and people of the region. It addresses the perpetual question of why explore caves. The lecture is based on a caving trip in February 2013. Held at the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in. All welcome. Free

. December 11, 2015                Friday 7:30 PM.
Owls of PA”  presented by Peggy Hentz of Red Creek Wildlife Center including live birds. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Mengel hosting. All welcome. Free. 

. January 9, 2016                  Saturday 9:00 AM
Mengel Natural History Society private tour of the Speedwell Wolves Sanctuary of PA in Lancaster County which takes care of over forty wolves. The wolves are more active in the colder months and are more easily seen then as well. Cost is $25 payable at the Sanctuary. We must be there 1/2 hour before the tour is to begin. Address of the Wolf Santuary is 465 Speedwell Forge Rd., Lititz, PA. A carpool group will leave the commuter carpool lot located at the intersection of US-222 and PA-272 at 8:00 AM SHARP. This is the Knauers/Adamstown interchange. From there take PA-272 west towards Adamstown for 150 yards to lot on left.  Inclement weather will postpone until January 16 at the same time. You will be notified by email or you can call 610-670-0657 if in doubt. Calling 610-670-0657 to say you'd like to go will get you on the notify list for inclement weather.

. January 22, 2016       Friday 7:30 PM
TONIGHT'S MEETING IS CANCELED. SNOW IS PREDICTED (75% or greater) BY 8 PM.
"Member’s Night" Member’s opportunity to present. "Nature in My World" by Rita Floriani, "Wild Horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park" by Shiela Martin, and "New Damselflies for Berks County" and "A Morning in a NY Bog" by Ken Lebo. All welcome. Free.        Photo by Shiela Martin. These programs will be presented at the September 23, 2016 meeting.

. February 26, 2016      Friday 7:30 PM
The Awesome Native Orchids.”   by Dr. Francis Plucinsky. "This program contains numerous photos of native orchids and follows the evolution of Dr. Plucinsky's fascination with these flowers as he acquired more knowledge of them.  They have unusual life histories, which often includes a subterranean life style and a symbiotic relationship with fungi. There are some interesting stories here." All welcome. Free.
                Grass Pink photograph by Dr. Francis Plucinsky.

. 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.

March 25, 2016           Friday 7:30 PM <---- Photo by Rich Bonnett. ----
"August Herping in South East Arizona" presented by MNHS director Richard Bonnett. Cave Creek, Ramsey Canyon, Madera Canyon, San Pedro Riparian Corridor are all iconic Arizona locations to any traveled birder, but come August when the lodges are empty, the same destinations are the herpetological hot spot for snakes, lizard's and amphibian's. This program will also cover a mix of other flora, fauna and dramatic scenery from the sky island ranges of SE Arizona. All welcome. Free.

April 22, 2016           Friday 7:30 PM      
"The Nature of Butterflies" presented by MNHS Secretary, Karl Gardner. Overview, lifecycle, survival strategies, and diversity of Pennsylvania butterflies. Presentation will include hatching, feeding, eclosure, and other activities illustrated with closeup photographs and video.  Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

. April 30, 2016               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. 

BANQUET  May 13, 2016 (Previous date in error.)       Friday 5:30 PM      
The speaker will be Robert Decandido, "The East to West Migration of Steppe Eagles and Other Raptors in Nepal" Bob will explain why Steppe Eagles (and other raptors) migrate east to west (not north to south). Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA. Social hour: 5:30 PM, Buffet Dinner; 6:15 PM. Cost: $30.00 per person. Reservations due by: April 29. The Banquet Flier has information on payment etc.

. June 25, 2016               Saturday 10:00 AM - Noon      FIELD TRIP
"Milkweed Watch at Blue Marsh Lake" We will 'stake' out a patch of milkweed and record and photograph all visitors to it. What will we find? Species we see, observations, and photographs (including your photograph if you share it) will be posted on the Milkweed-Watch-2016 page at the Berks County Nature web site. Binoculars and a camera will be useful. Meet at the Blue Marsh Visitor's Center off Palisades Drive. Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281 and Jim Eckert 610-373-1064. All welcome. Free.

. July 9, 2016         Saturday 8:00 PM  to  ?  FIELD TRIP 
"Moth Night at Nolde Environmental Edu Center."  A joint event with the Baird Ornithological Club.   Enjoy the Katydids with friends and family as leaders bait trees and hang sheets to bring in the night insects. A flashlight and a camera would be helpful. Who knows what will turn up.  Meet at picnic area behind main parking lot. Leaders are Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333,  Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Jim Eckert 610-373-1064. All welcome. Free.

. July 30, 2016        Saturday 10 AM FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Blue Marsh.
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 the Blue Marsh Visitor's Center off of Palisades Drive. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner, 610-987-3281 and Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413. The public is welcome. Free.

. August 13, 2016                            Saturday 10 AM FIELD TRIP
"Dragonflies - Bartram trail/Kernsville Dam"  10 AM. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club.  Rte 61 north, right on Jetson Dr (across from Cabelas), right on Industrial Dr, left on Kernsville Dam Rd. The parking area is on the right. Coordinators: Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657.

. August 27, 2016    Saturday 10 AM    FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Angelica Park (BOC)  Take PA-10 south from Lancaster Avenue 1-1/4 miles. The park entrance road is on the right at the big masonry sign for Alvernia University. Turn right and park at the first parking area on the right. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281, Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). The public is welcome. Free. 

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