Mengel Natural History Society 2019-2020
Berks County, Pennsylvania
.Updated November 3, 2019.
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NEXT EVENTS

   November 12, 2019                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
"Mines and Minerals of Montgomery County" by Ron Sloto. Joint meeting with the Berks Mineralogical Society who will host. Ron is an honorary professor at and curator of the West Chester University Mineral collection. His background includes more than 40 years as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He has published the popular Mines and Minerals of Berks County and Mines and Minerals of Chester County, as well sas more than 80 technical and scientific papers and books.
Held at the Auditorium of the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in. All welcome. 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, Dragonflies, etc.
*  Annual Wildflower Exchange and give-away and annual
*  Wildflower Seed give-away.
*  Show & Tell plus Membersí 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. (2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA.) 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 (2019-2020) as PDF

        Dues  --  No change from 2018-2019.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2019-2020 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2019-2020 Mengel page 1 as pdf.          (Updated: October 9, 2019)
Download 2019-2020 Mengel page 2 as pdf.           (Updated: October 9, 2019)
Butterfly, Moth & Dragonfly Walks in Berks County, Pennsylvania - 2020.   (Updated: Sep. 5, 2019)

(Programs & Field Trips) - 2019/2020 Season
For information: 610-777-2333

September 27, 2019      Friday 7:30 PM.
"African Safari" by Dr. Jim Scheirer, retired chemistry professor at Albright College and long time photographer. The best nature views from over a month spent in East Africa. The program will be followed by our Fall Native Plant Exchange and Give-away. All welcome. Free.

   October 25, 2019                 Friday 7:30 PM
"Susquehanna River - Past Present & Future" by Don Williams. Through the eyes of a river advocate who has studied and helped protect and promote the River for more than 40 years, Don will discuss through pictures and storytelling the geology, early exploration, and legend and lore of this ancient river which has flowed 444 miles for over 300 million years. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

   November 12, 2019                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
"Mines and Minerals of Montgomery County" by Ron Sloto. Joint meeting with the Berks Mineralogical Society who will host. Ron is an honorary professor at and curator of the West Chester University Mineral collection. His background includes more than 40 years as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He has published the popular Mines and Minerals of Berks County and Mines and Minerals of Chester County, as well sas more than 80 technical and scientific papers and books.
Held at the Auditorium of the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in. All welcome. Free.

   December 13, 2019                 Friday 7:30 PM.
"Master Watershed Stewards" by Kathy Grim. Master Watershed Stewards are volunteers trained to become citizen scientists. They educate the public about water and perform "boots on the ground" projects to help improve the water quality of Berks County. Mengel President Kathy Grim will share her experience as a Master Watershed Steward. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Mengel hosting. All welcome. Free. 

   January 24, 2020       Friday 7:30 PM
"Members' Night" Programs by our members. Ryan Woolwine presents "Solitary Bees," plus 2 or 3 more programs. See an officer if you have a program to share with our members. All welcome. Free.

   February 22, 2020      Friday 7:30 PM
"Iconic Parks of the American Southwest" by Richard Bonnett, Mengel directer. Richard will include lesser known spectacular parks and landscapes and will revisit the history of these parklands before they were established as national parks  All welcome. Free.

   Some time in late February or March.
Herp Helper Night for Spotted Salamanders at French Creek State Park.

Contact Lori Soraparu () to get on e-mail contact list. See a few or dozens of spotted and four-toed salamanders, wood frogs and other herps. This event happens every year. You and your children should see it at least once in your lifetime. Volunteers must check in at the French Creek State Park Headquarter lobby (located on Park Road, 843 Park Rd, Elverson, PA 19520) to sign in, pick up a reflective safety vest and a data collection sheet. You are welcome to participate even if it is for just a portion of the evening. Emergence is weather dependent. Often a windy or foggy night, always rainy. More information.

   March 27, 2020            Friday 7:30 PM
"Mysteries of Monarch Migration" by Gayle Steffy. Watching a monarch caterpillar become a caterpillar at age 13 began a lifelong interest that led to a BS in Environmental Biology from Millersville University, a MFA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins and eventually having my research published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. All welcome. Free.

   April 24, 2020           Friday 7:30 PM      
"Program to be announced" Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

   April 25, 2020                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, and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. All welcome. Free. 
See the Neversink sightings report of 6 butterfly species seen in 2019 and 2018 and 18 species in 2017.

BANQUET  May 8, 2020    Friday    (Times and cost available later.)
"Life in the Avian Slow Lane" by Keith Bildstein, PhD, retired Director of Acopian Center of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, is the author of several volumes on raptor migration ecology. Keith is presently working on his next book presently titled "The Secret Ecology of the World's 23 Species of Vultures and Condors". This presentation will be a review of his work with vultures and condors. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, Pa. 19601.

   June 13, 2020    Saturday 10 AM    FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Green Hills Preserve 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. A checklist of the 40 species of butterflies known from the park will be provided. Take PA-10 south to PA-568. Turn right (west) for 1/2 mile to Gunhart Rd. Turn right. Park on right in about 1/4 mile. (553 Gunhart Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540) Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free.

   June 20, 2020         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. Jim Eckert will present "Introduction to Moths" in McConnell Hall at 7:30 PM. 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, and Jim Eckert 610-373-1064. All welcome. Free.

   July 25, 2020        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. A checklist of the 48 species of butterflies known from the park will be provided. 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 Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free.

   August 8, 2020                            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. (25 Kernsville Dam Road) The parking area is on the right. Binoculars and a camera will be helpful. For a good look we will capture some insects and put them in viewing jars so you can get a close look before releasing them. A checklist of dragonflies and damselflies known from this area will be provided. Coordinators: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. All welcome. Free.

   August 22, 2020    Saturday 10 AM    FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" at Angelica Park. 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. A checklist of the 32 species of butterflies known from the park will be provided. 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. (575 St. Bernardine Street) Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner 610-987-3281 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free.

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