May 8, 2022
** Berks County Nature **
Since 2002. Now at www.berkscountynature.org.
Nature Activities of Organizations in Berks County, Pennsylvania
This site contains information about programs, field trips, exhibits, and organizations relating to natural history in and around Berks County, Pennsylvania. Programs and events are open to the public.
Mengel Natural History Society  . To receive a monthly email notice of programs and field trips sponsored by the Mengel Natural History Society send an email request to .
Mengel Natural History Society
Updated (5-8-22). 
Baird Ornithological Club
BairdOrnithological Club flashbirdwalks
Baird Ornithological Club on Facebook
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomology Club
Lancaster Butterflies seen in 2022
(2 sp) Updated (3-17-22)
Berks Butterflies seen by
month in 2022

(19 sp) Updated 5-4-22)
Berks Butterflies 2021
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum
Berks Birds seen in 2018
(250 species)

Berks County Butterfly Walks 2022
Neversink Butterflies 2017-2021
Yearly Berks Bird & Butterfly
Sightings; 2000-2018

Updated (1-14-19)
Berks Nature formerly Berks County Conservancy
Nolde Forest Environmental
Education Center
Berks Mineralogical Society

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Monocacy Hill Conservation Association

 5 Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Pike-Oley-District Preservation
Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society
Quittapahilla Audubon Society
Lebanon  County
  Blue Marsh Lake
Orchids of Berks County, Pennsylvania by Hans Wilkens
A checklist published by the MNHS.
 Tulpehocken Chapter - Trout Unlimited
  Muhlenberg Botanic Club
  Periodical (17 year) Cicadas
Added to this page 11Jan2021.

 Green Lane Park
and Events Brochure

  Berks County RECYCLE info

 Woolly Bears and Look-alikes in
Berks County, PA
  Blue Mountain Wildlife

 Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association

Don't Forget Other Great Local Sources for Natural History listed below

Ovenbird photo by Russ Hoffman

Baird Ornithological Club & Mengel Natural History Society .
May 13, 2022                 Friday 7:30 PM
Social Event. The Mengel Natural History Society will join with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting day to see a sampling of Russ Hoffman's excellent framed enlarged photographs of Berks County Birds. Using a selection of prints, Russ will share how he captured these remarkable images providing valuable tips for those seeking to try as well. (The full exhibit will be displayed in Nolde Mansion during the week prior to the meeting, 8:00 am-4:00 pm.) Members and guests enjoy light refreshments. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. (2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA.) Public is welcome.
Mengel Natural History Society
April 30, 2022                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. A checklist of the 59 species of butterflies known from the mountain will be provided. 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. Children friendly event.
See the Neversink sightings report of butterfly species seen from 2017 through 2021.

The SPOTTED LANTERNFLY (Lycorma delicatula)
What to look for

This insect (a plant hopper native to SE Asia) was discovered for the first time in North America in September 2014. It is a potential threat to an array of plants from herbaceous plants to trees, not only locally, but for the continent.

How many food
calories in a gallon of
Most of us know how many food calories an adult needs per day, so in the debate over making ethanol from corn to replace gasoline, wouldn't it be nice to know how many food calories there are in a gallon of gasoline? Can you skip breakfast and drive to work on the energy you didn't eat?
The answer is: the number of food calories in a gallon of gasoline is 31,500
For most adults this is the energy in about two weeks of food.
YOU can calculate this. How to calculate page.
Butterfly Enthusiasts
There is a small informal group of local butterfly collectors/observers in Berks Co. If you are interested in butterflies and would like to meet this group, contact. You are also invited to the butterfly walks found at the link at the top of the page.
You may contact the web master at the same address.
Other Great Local Sources for Natural History Activities and Information
Jack's Backyard, hosted by Jack Holcomb, on Saturdays at 8 to 10 am on WEEU, 830 AM, announces natural history activities at 8 am followed by 2 hours of call-ins and interviews about natural history.
      Berks County Nature was created January 29, 2002.