Mengel Natural History Society 2017-2018
Berks County, Pennsylvania
.October 2, 2017
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NEXT EVENTS

   October 27, 2017                 Friday 7:30 PM
"Dragonflies of Utah"  by Ken Lebo. Join Ken as he recalls last year's DSA (Dragonfly Society of Americas) meeting in Utah. Visiting Zion National Park as well as mountains and deserts. Images will include a variety of scenic views, flowers and of course all kinds of insects. 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.

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 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. (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 (2017-2018) as PDF

        Dues  --  No change from 2016-2017.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

A two page Mengel "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2017-2018 is available in PDF format at:

Download 2017-2018 Mengel page 1 as pdf.          (Last updated: September 13, 2017)
Download 2017-2018 Mengel page 2 as pdf.           (Last updated September 13, 2017)

Field trips are also listed on the Butterfly and Dragonfly Walks page.


(Programs & Field Trips) - 2017/2018 Season
For information: 610-777-2333

   September 22, 2017      Friday 7:30 PM.
"Pennsylvania's Threatened and Endangered Grassland Birds" by Patti Barber, state endangered species specialist. The dominance of forested landscape in Pennsylvania makes conserving grassland species an interesting challenge.  We need to identify and focus our limited resources on those grasslands most valuable to our grassland nesting birds.  The talk will focus on natural history, ecological needs, and conservation outlook for our rare grassland birds.  It will touch on ways you can help these birds and their habitat. The program will be followed by our Fall Native Plant Exchange and Give-away. Free.         
<---Photo by Jacob Dingel, PA Game Commission.

   October 27, 2017                 Friday 7:30 PM
"Dragonflies of Utah"  by Ken Lebo. Join Ken as he recalls last year's DSA (Dragonfly Society of Americas) meeting in Utah. Visiting Zion National Park as well as mountains and deserts. Images will include a variety of scenic views, flowers and of course all kinds of insects. 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 14, 2017                   TUESDAY 7:30 PM
"Mount Kilimanjaro" by Ellen Grim. 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 8, 2017                 Friday 7:30 PM.
"Peru- Machu Picchu to the Amazon Headwaters"”  by Peter and Jane Wolfe. A fantastic Ceiba Nature journey to Peru focusing on Inca history and culture in the Andes, followed by boating down the Manu River in the rainforest. 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 26, 2018       Friday 7:30 PM
"Members' Night" Member's opportunity to present. Program will consist of three or four short programs by members. Please contact the president if you would like to make a presentation. All welcome. Free.

   February 23, 2018      Friday 7:30 PM
"Bog Turtles"  by Jay Drasher, Aqua-Terra Environmental Ltd. The endangered Bog Turtle is one of Pennsylvania's rarest reptiles. Get an inside look at the species' characteristics, habitat requirements, regulatory protection, and conservation efforts from a local professional. 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 23, 2018            Friday 7:30 PM
"Sky Islands - Chapter 3" by Rich Bonnett. This program will explore landscapes, flora & fauna beginning with the remote Peloncillo Range of N. Mexico, sweep across White Sands National Monument and end at the Chisos Range in Big Bend National Park, Texas. All welcome. Free.

   April 27, 2018           Friday 7:30 PM      
"TO BE DETERMINED" presented by TO BE DETERMINED. Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

   April 28, 2018                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 18 butterfly species seen on LAST YEAR's walk.

BANQUET  May 4, 2018      Friday
"Madagascar: Birds and Much More" - By Dr. Steve Rannels. Madagascar, a laboratory of natural selection and speciation, is home for unique birds, lemurs, chameleons and plants, most endemic to the island.  The relationships and distribution of Madagascar's biology will be presented using photographic, video, and audio media. Dr. Rannels will surely entertain as well as educate us on the exotic wildlife of Madagascar! Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, Pa. 19601.

   June 2, 2018    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 23, 2018         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 14, 2018        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. All welcome. Free.

  August 11, 2018                            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. Coordinators: Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657. All welcome. Free.

   August 25, 2018    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 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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