Mengel Natural History Society 2018-2019
Berks County, Pennsylvania
.Updated November 15, 2018
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NEXT EVENTS

   December 14, 2018                 Friday 7:30 PM.
"Audubon At Home - Beyond Bird Feeding" by Steven Saffier. Focused on creating bird-friendly habitat in backyards, Audubon At Home is now under the the umbrella of National Audubon's "Bird Friendly Communities" initiative. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Baird hosting. 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 (2018-2019) as PDF

        Dues  --  No change from 2017-2018.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2018-2019 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2018-2019 Mengel page 1 as pdf.          (Last updated: October 24, 2018)
Download 2018-2019 Mengel page 2 as pdf.           (Last updated October 24, 2018)

(Programs & Field Trips) - 2018/2019 Season
For information: 610-777-2333

September 28, 2018      Friday 7:30 PM.
"The Plants of Georgia and the Caucasus" by Dr. Susan Munch, retired botany professor at Albright College. The program is based on her March 2018 visit to Georgia, an ancient country between Russia and Armenia. Many of the genera of Georgian plants are the same as either wild or garden flowers familiar to us here, but most of the species and a few genera are different. Much of the program will consist of comparisons of pairs of related species or genera, one from Georgia and one that grows here The program will be followed by our Fall Native Plant Exchange and Give-away. All welcome. Free.

   October 26, 2018                 Friday 7:30 PM
"Hans Wilkens - German - Lutheran - Bachelor - Botanist"  by Bill Uhrich. A look a Berks County's most unlikely botanist along with the Patronyms of Berks. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

   November 13, 2018                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
"The Iron Mines of Berks and Chester Counties" by Ron Sloto. Joint meeting with the Berks Mineralogical Society who will host. Ron is an honorary professor 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 14, 2018                 Friday 7:30 PM.
"Audubon At Home - Beyond Bird Feeding" by Steven Saffier. Focused on creating bird-friendly habitat in backyards, Audubon At Home is now under the the umbrella of National Audubon's "Bird Friendly Communities" initiative. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Baird hosting. All welcome. Free. 

   January 25, 2019       Friday 7:30 PM
"Members' Night" Programs by our members. See an officer if you have a program to share with our members. All welcome. Free.

   February 22, 2019      Friday 7:30 PM
"To be announced"  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. See a few or scores of spotted and four-toed salamanders, wood frogs and other herps.

   March 22, 2019            Friday 7:30 PM
"Living the Island Life" by David Barber, Research Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. David will discuss Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's research on the ecology and conservation of the near threatened Striated Caracara on the Falkland Islands. All welcome. Free.

   April 26, 2019           Friday 7:30 PM      
"Batwoman to the Rescue:† Rehabilitating Bats in Pennsylvania" by Steph Stronsick. Steph Stonsick is the founder of Pa Bat Rescue, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on the rehabilitation of injured and abandoned bats so that they may be returned to the wild.† Learn why bats are vital to the health of our environment. Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

   April 27, 2019                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. All welcome. Free. 
See the Neversink sightings report of 6 butterfly species seen this year and the 18 species on last years's walk.

BANQUET  May 10, 2019      Friday
"John Bartram and Pennsylvania's Natural History" - a multi-media live drama performance by Kirk Brown. America's first and foremost horticulturist and plant collector is again on the speaking circuit. None other than the great Carl Linnaeus called him "the world's greatest natural botanist!" Close friends with Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, he is credited with introducing more than 200 of America's native plants to the international trade. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, Pa. 19601. (Time and details later)

   June 1, 2019    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 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, Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free.

   June 22, 2019         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 20, 2019        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 will be provided so you can record what you see. 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. All welcome. Free.

  August 10, 2019                            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: Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657. All welcome. Free.
Report 8/11/18: 14 species of dragonflies and damselflies were seen on this walk.

   August 24, 2019    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 29 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, Ken Lebo 610-856-1413, and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free.

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