Mengel Natural History Society 2013-2014

Berks County, Pennsylvania

. April 13, 2014
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.  April 12, 2014                             Saturday 10 AM
Wildflower Walk. State Gamelands 52. Meet at large parking lot on west side of Maple Grove / Edward’s Rd. about 2.5 miles south of Maple Grove Dragway and just north of the bridge over the Turnpike. Leader: Mike Slater 610-775-3757. All welcome. Free.

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BANQUET  May 9, 2014       Friday 6:00 pm      Joint Dinner Meeting with Baird Ornithological Club
May 17, 2014 Friday Social hour 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm Annual meeting and banquet. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN GOD - OLDOINYO LENGAI Natural History of Lake Natron and The Great Gregory Rift with 1.5 Million Points of Pink. Presented by: Jim Brett. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA. Download banquet flier with cost and reservation information as PDF

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 

The Society meets once a month from September though April at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center. Usually 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 (2013-2014) as PDF (20 KB)

        Dues  --  No change from 2013.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2013-2014 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2013-2014 Mengel page 1 as pdf. (48 KB):         (Last updated: September 25, 2013)
Download 2013-2014 Mengel page 2 as pdf. (96 KB)          (Last updated: March 31, 2014)

(Programs & Field Trips) 2013/2014 Season
For information: 610-944-0985

. September 27, 2013         Friday 7:30 PM
The Hazelton Bog” by member Frank Plucinsky. Take a photographic tour of the Hazleton Bog.  The two-acre cranberry bog is fed by seeps in the sandy soil left by a glacier 12,000 years ago. The program will follow the sequence of flowers from the early summer into the fall.  Of special interest are the usual and rare plants which includes the hybrid of the white fringed and yellow fringed orchids, Platanthera blephariglottis and Platanthera ciliaris. The program will be followed by our Fall Wildflower Exchange and Give-away. All welcome. Free.

. October 25, 2013                 Friday 7:30 PM
Western Parks”  by Ken Lebo  Join the Lebo's on their trip out west visiting 5 National Parks including: Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Glacier, Banff and the Coastal Redwoods. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway.All welcome. Free.

.November 12, 2013                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
New Fossil Discoveries in Southeastern PA” by Mike Szajna. See some of his photographs at  Virtual Natural History Museum of Southeast Pennsylvania. Berks Mineralogical Club hosts and MNHS schedules program. at the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in.  All welcome. Free

.December 13, 2013                Friday 7:30 PM.
What You Think You Know About Snakes But Really Don't”  by William F. Munroe. Bill is dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians spending the last 11 summers working with timber rattlesnakes. He will share his real experiences, knowledge, and passion using live snakes. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Mengel hosting.
All welcome. Free. 
 

. January 24, 2014      Friday 7:30 PM
"Member’s Night" Member’s opportunity to present.
Jim Robbins presents “What a Wonderful Life” 
Ryan Woolwine presents "Veedauwoos in Wyoming"
Reno Unger presents "Raising Giant Silk Moths.".

  February 28, 2014      Friday 7:30 PM
“The Search for Meteorites in Antarctica.”   by Dr. Melissa Lane, Planetary Science Institute. During the 2010-2011 field season Dr. Lane was a member of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites team that collects rocks delivered from space for scientific research.  During her 8-week trip, she spent 6 weeks living in a tent on the ice with only 3 other people, hundreds of miles from the South Pole station.  Her team covered many miles per day on snowmobiles searching for meteorites and collecting them to send back to the NASA Johnson Space Center.  She will share many stories detailing daily life on the ice and her experience with the United States Antarctic Program.  This program is for all ages and kids are encouraged to attend and be inspired!All welcome. Free.

March 28, 2014           Friday 7:30 PM
How Understanding Fish Communities Can Aid Ecosystem Restoration” by Stanley J. Kemp, University of Baltimore. This talk is based on the analysis of fish communities from urban Baltimore and surrounding areas. We will focus on the fish species lost from urban streams, examine the natural history traits they have in common, and speculate on causes of their disappearance. Finally, we will discuss why these species are sensitive to urbanization and how to restore these valuable urban waterways.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.

.  April 12, 2014                             Saturday 10 AM
Wildflower Walk. State Gamelands 52. Meet at large parking lot on west side of Maple Grove / Edward’s Rd. about 2.5 miles south of Maple Grove Dragway and just north of the bridge over the Turnpike. Leader: Mike Slater 610-775-3757. All welcome. Free.

. 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.

. 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. 

BANQUET  May 9, 2014       Friday 6:00 pm      Joint Dinner Meeting with Baird Ornithological Club
May 9, 2014 Friday Social hour 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm Annual meeting and banquet. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN GOD - OLDOINYO LENGAI Natural History of Lake Natron and The Great Gregory Rift with 1.5 Million Points of Pink. Presented by: Jim Brett. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA. Download banquet flier with cost and reservation information as PDF

. July 26, 2014         Saturday 8:00 PM  to  ?  FIELD TRIP  (June was incorrect,)
"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. All welcome. Free.

.August 2, 2014        Saturday 10 AM FIELD TRIP
"Butterfly Identification Walk" near Lake Ontelaunee. 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 Dam Breast on RT-73. We will drive to nearby location. Joint walk with Baird Ornithological Club. Leaders: Karl Gardner, 610-987-3281 and Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413. The public is welcome. Free.

. August 16, 2014                          Saturday 10 AM
"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 30, 2014    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, and Ryan Woolwine (610-777-2333). Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). The public is welcome. Free. 

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