Mengel Natural History Society 2016-2017
Berks County, Pennsylvania
.November 9, 2016
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. December 9, 2016                Friday 7:30 PM.
Barn Owls”  by Dan Mummert, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Biologist for SE Pennsylvania. Dan works on conservation of the region's wildlife in steepest decline. His program discusses the natural history and habitat requirements of Barn Owls and a summary of conservation work to maintain a healthy population of Barn Owls in PA. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Baird hosting. All welcome. Free.  Photo by Richard Bonnett.

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 (2016-2017) as PDF

        Dues  --  No change from 2015-2016.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2016-2017 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2016-2017 Mengel page 1 as pdf.          (Last updated: September 12, 2016)
Download 2016-2017 Mengel page 2 as pdf.           (Last updated September 18, 2016)
Field trips are also listed separately on the Butterfly and Dragonfly Walks page.

(Programs & Field Trips) - 2016/2017 Season
For information: 610-670-0657

. September 23, 2016      Friday 7:30 PM.
"Nature in My World" by Rita Floriani, "Wild Horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park" by Sheila Martin, and "New Damselflies for Berks County and a Morning in a NY Bog" by Ken Lebo.   Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. All welcome. Free.         Photo by Sheila Martin

. October 28, 2016                 Friday 7:30 PM
"How to Recognize the Spiders of the East"  by Ken Lebo. This program is an introduction to spiders found in the east and the unique adaptations of our eight-legged friends. Learn how to identify spiders by their eyes, shape, and webs, as well as discover the ways in which spiders catch their prey. Ken is a Mengel member, nature photographer, and past president of the Baird Ornithological Club. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

. November 8, 2016                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
History of the Gap Nickel Mine” by Chris Haefner. Joint meeting with the Berks Mineralogical Society who will host.
Held at the Auditorium of the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in. All welcome. Free.

. December 9, 2016                Friday 7:30 PM.
Barn Owls”  by Dan Mummert, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Biologist for SE Pennsylvania. Dan works on conservation of the region's wildlife in steepest decline. His program discusses the natural history and habitat requirements of Barn Owls and a summary of conservation work to maintain a healthy population of Barn Owls in PA. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Baird hosting. All welcome. Free.  Photo by Richard Bonnett.

. January 27, 2017       Friday 7:30 PM
"Member’s Night" Member’s opportunity to present. Members invited to offer a program. All welcome. Free.

MENGEL PROGRAM February 24, 2017      Friday 7:30 PM
Sky Islands of Southeast Arizona, Part II.”   by Richard Bonnett. Part II will cover Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Range, the San Pedro River Corridor,  then Cave Creek in the Chiricahua Range. Unique flora, fauna, and scenery with a focus on herpetology. All welcome. Free.

. 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 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." All welcome. Free.

April 28, 2017           Friday 7:30 PM      
"The Good the Bad and the Beautiful - Fungi of Penn's Woods" presented by Jerry Hassinger, retired "protected wildlife supervisor"s for the PA Game Commission. Fungi are extremely important for trees, wildlife and people. Mr. Hassinger will make this point while also illustrating the beauty of fungi. Photographing fungi is fun, educational and full of surprises. Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

. April 29, 2017                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 5, 2017
"Adak, Gambling on Birds" - Adak Island, Alaska, halfway out the Aleutian Islands chain, attracts Asian strays. Once a military base not open to visitors, the closing of the base in the late 90s enabled birders to gain access. Frank and Barb Haas have been going to Adak in May and September annually since 2005. Join us in hearing about their experiences there.. (Time and details later.)

. July 29, 2017        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 5, 2017         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.

. August 12, 2017                            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 26, 2017    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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