Mengel Natural History Society 2014-2015

Berks County, Pennsylvania

. December 5, 2014
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. December 12, 2014                Friday 7:30 PM.
Conservation Issues of Bats in Pennsylvania”  by Dan Mummert, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Biologist. Dan's primary professional objective is to conserve and monitor the region's tremendous diversity of birds and mammals and provide guidance to private landowners on how they can better manage their land for species of concern and overall wildlife diversity. 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, 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 (2014-2015) as PDF (20 KB)

        Dues  --  No change from 2014.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2014-2015 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2014-2015 Mengel page 1 as pdf. (102 KB):         (Last updated: August 19, 2014)
Download 2014-2015 Mengel page 2 as pdf. (102 KB)          (Last updated October 30, 2014)

(Programs & Field Trips) 2014/2015 Season
For information: 610-944-0985

. September 26, 2014         Friday 7:30 PM
Damsels and Dragons - Flies That Is” by member Tony "Doc" Schoch. A power-point presentation about these iconic insects will focus on their anatomy, life cycle, indication of water quality, identification and their place in the food chain of the wetlands, lakes, ponds and streams. The program will be followed by our Fall Wildflower Exchange and Give-away. All welcome. Free.

October 24, 2014                 Friday 7:30 PM
"Meso-American Coral Reef Ecology"  by Linda Ingram, past manager of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center and wildlife tour leader. Turneffe Atoll is the largest coral atoll in the western hemisphere. Linda will share photos of little seen inhabitants of coral reefs - including corals, sponges, fishes, spiny creatures, and residents of adjacent underwater habitats. The program will be followed by our Fall Seed Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

. November 11, 2014                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
Minerals of Peru” by Lee Horowitz. Berks Mineralogical Society hosts this program. At the READING MUSEUM! Enter at the rear and sign in.  All welcome. Free

. December 12, 2014                Friday 7:30 PM.
Conservation Issues of Bats in Pennsylvania”  by Dan Mummert, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Biologist. Dan's primary professional objective is to conserve and monitor the region's tremendous diversity of birds and mammals and provide guidance to private landowners on how they can better manage their land for species of concern and overall wildlife diversity. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Baird hosting. All welcome. Free. 

. January 23, 2015      Friday 7:30 PM
"Member’s Night" Member’s opportunity to present.
Jim Robbins presents "Frogs: Their relationship with Chytrid Disease and Atrazine.”
Karl Gardner presents "Historic slides by past members Charles Waldron and Peter Muhlenberg."
Ken Lebo presents "Dragonfly highlights: New Berks species."
One or two more to be added. All welcome. Free.

February 27, 2015      Friday 7:30 PM
Bear Run Aggressive Stream Restoration from Coal Mining in Indiana County.”   by Scott Heidel. The Watershed Renaissance Initiative involves 8 phases which restores this stream in a narrow timeframe of five years. 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 27, 2015           Friday 7:30 PM
Native Pollinators:  Bumblebees, Wasps, Flowers” by member Mike Slater, author of Outdoors which appears in the Wednesday Reading Eagle supplement Berks Country. We will look close-up at flowers, insects (maybe a hummingbird or two) and include a few short video clips to look at this interdependency which has resulted in the beautiful flowers that we find so attractive and also depend on for food too! All welcome. Free.

April 24, 2015           Friday 7:30 PM       <---- Photo by Rich Bonnett. ----
"Winter in Yellowstone" by member and past president Rich Bonnett. Program emphasis will be on Yellowstone wolves but there will be plenty of other fauna set in this winter wonderland. See geysers, vents, mud pots and boiling springs in 0° temperatures.  Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

. April 25, 2015               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 8, 2015       Friday 6:00 pm      Joint Dinner with Baird Ornithological Club
May 8, 2015 Friday Social hour 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm Annual meeting and banquet. The speaker will be Scott Weidensaul, bird bander and author of many books about nature. More information later. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA.

. July 25, 2015         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 1, 2015        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 15, 2015                          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 29, 2015    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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