Mengel Natural History Society 2021-2022
Berks County, Pennsylvania
.Updated May 8, 2022.
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NEXT EVENTS

MENGEL PROGRAMS for 2021-2022

----- Ovenbird photo by Russ Hoffman
May 13, 2022                 Friday 7:30 PM
Social Event. We 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. Members and guests enjoy light refreshments. Bring snacks to share, drinks are provided. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, on PA-625 2 miles south of PA-724. (2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA.)

   June 11, 2022    Saturday 10 AM    FIE1D 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 the 40 species 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 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). Children friendly event. 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
*  A place to meet other people interested in the natural world 

MEETINGS
Due to the Corona Virus pandemic check the status of each meeting (in person versus Zoom) before the meeting.
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 (2021-2022) as PDF

        Dues  --  No change from 2021-2022.
Active Member  $10   Family Membership $13  Sustaining Member $13  Junior Member-$5

The "Programs and Field Trips" brochure for 2021-2022 is available in PDF format
at: Mengel Brochure2021-22.         (Updated: October 20, 2021)
The landscape formatted two page brochure can be printed two sided with 'short-edge' binding or printed one side at a time.
Butterfly, Moth, Dragonfly, and Wildflower Walks in Berks County, Pennsylvania - 2022.   (Updated: October 20, 2022)

(Programs & Field Trips) - 2021-2022 Season
For information: 610-777-2333

   September 24, 2021           Friday 7:30 PM       A Zoom Meeting
"Members' Night" Ryan Woolwine presents "Yellowstone", Karl Gardner presents "The 2038 Periodical Cicadas Begin", and Mike Slater presents "Some Current Berks Nature".
Members and those on our email list will receive details of meeting number, registration, etc.

October 22 2021  Friday 7:30 PM      A virtual meeting hosted on Zoom.
"Visiting Antarctica" Presented by Linda Ingram, Mengel director. A photo journey to the most extreme of environments; finding a surprising number of birds, a few mammals, a bit of green, and a world of remarkable beauty!

November 9, 2021           Tuesday 7:30 PM
"Sam Gundy," "Woody" Woodesheck will present a program on Sam Gundy, an honorary member of both Mengel and BMS. Held in person at the Reading Museum and hopefully on Zoom. Joint meeting with the Berks Mineralogical Society. "Woody" is a volunteer with the Berks Military History Museum. Joint meeting with the Berks Mineralogical Society.

November 12, 2021           Friday 6:00 PM
Banquet "A World on the Wing - The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds" by Scott Weidensaul, noted author and former Pennsylvania resident. An exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. Scott Weidensaul is the author of nearly thirty books, (including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind") specializing in birds and bird migration. He is a native of Pennsylvania, a writer, and re-searcher now living in New Hampshire.
Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA. 6:00 PM social hour, book signing. 6:30 PM seeted dinner. Joint meeting with Baird Ornithological Club. See Joint Banquet for banquet details.

   December 10, 2021                 Friday 7:30 PM.
"The Real James Bond" by Jim Wright the author of The Real James Bond, (www.realjamesbond.net), the story of the ornithologist/author who was the victim of the greatest identity theft in history. Although Bond, who wrote the landmark "Birds of the West Indies" in 1936, is now mostly a footnote for 007 fans, he lived a life of great accomplishment. Jim's illustrated talk covers Bond's life and career, with special mention of ornithologists who were spies, most notably the American Museum of Natural History's James Chapin. Joint meeting with the Baird Ornithological Club on their meeting night with Baird hosting.

   January 28, 2022    Friday 7:30 PM    A virtual Zoom meeting.
"Members' Night" Programs by our members. Ryan Woolwine, Mengel president, presents "The Glasswing and Longwing Butterflies of Central America." Karl Gardner, Mengel secretary, presents
"Who will miss the White Ash?"
Members and those on our email list will receive details of meeting number, registration, etc.

   February 25, 2022  Friday 7:30 PM    A virtual Zoom meeting.
Program UPDATE 2: "Perspectives†of the Arctic", by Virginia Hayssen, Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College. An excursion from Norway to Svalbard with National Geographic in 2014. Members and those on our email list will receive details of meeting number, registration, etc.

   Some time in late February or March.
Herp Helper Night for Spotted Salamanders at French Creek State Park.

Contact Lori Soraparu () to get on e-mail contact list. See a few or dozens of spotted and four-toed salamanders, wood frogs and other herps. This event happens every year. You and your children should see it at least once in your lifetime. Volunteers must check in at the French Creek State Park Headquarter lobby (located on Park Road, 843 Park Rd, Elverson, PA 19520) to sign in, pick up a reflective safety vest and a data collection sheet. You are welcome to participate even if it is for just a portion of the evening. Emergence is weather dependent. Often a windy or foggy night, always rainy. More information.

  March 25, 2022           Friday 7:30 PM  An IN-PERSON meeting.
"Wildflowers, Nature, and Hiking in Colorado" by Mengel officers Peter and Jane Wolfe. This program will start in SW Colorado including Mesa Verde National Park and mountain areas surrounding Durango including Mt. Sneffels and end with surprising wildlife on top of Mt. Evans. Many high altitude flowers were in bloom during these late July-early August treks in 2011.
Members and those on our email list will receive details of meeting number, registration, etc.

   April 22, 2022           Friday 7:30 PM
"River Chub and Nest Associates:†A Fascinating Mutualism in Peril?" by Stan & Jill Kemp. The river chub (Nocomis micropogon) is a keystone fish species and habitat engineer native to the eastern United States.† Other minnow species deemed 'nest associates' lay eggs in the large pebble mound nests constructed by river chub.† Closer inspection reveals varied and complex social behaviors that result in a net mutualistic relationship.
Members and those on our email list will receive details of meeting number, registration, etc. Lecture is followed by our annual Wildflower Exchange and Giveaway. All welcome. Free.

   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.
Field Trip Summary: 9 species seen in 2022. Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Brown Elfin, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Tailed Blue, American Lady, Dreamy Duskywing, Horace's Duskywing, Wild Indigo Duskywing.
See the Neversink sightings report of butterfly species seen from 2017 through 2022.

May 13, 2022                 Friday 7:30 PM
Social Event. We 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. Members and guests enjoy light refreshments. Bring snacks to share, drinks are provided.

   June 11, 2022    Saturday 10 AM    FIE1D 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 the 40 species 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 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free.

   June 18, 2022         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. Jim Eckert will present "Introduction to Moths" in McConnell Hall from 8:00 to 8:30 PM. A flashlight and a camera would be helpful. Who knows what will turn up?  Meet at picnic area behind main parking lot. Use main entrance and turn left at "T". Leaders are Jim Eckert 610-373-1064 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. All are welcome. Children Friendly. Free.
Here are photographs of some of the species seen on this walk in July 2021.

   July 16, 2022    Saturday 10 AM    FIELD TRIP
"Wildflowers and Pollinators: Union Meadows West" Route 724 (East Main St., Birdsboro) (turn opposite St. Michael's Cemetery) parking in the ball field lot. Leader: Mike Slater. Coordinator: Linda Ingram. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All are welcome. Children Friendly. Free.

   July 23, 2022                            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: Mike Slater 610-775-3757 - 610-698-4031 (cell) and Rudy Keller 610 845-7310. All are welcome. Children Friendly. Free.
Here are photographs of some of the species seen in 2021 on this walk.

   August 6, 2022        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 of the 48 species of butterflies known from the park will be provided. 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 Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. All welcome. Free.

   August 20, 2022    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 32 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 and Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333. Bad weather will cancel (or reschedule). All welcome. Free. Report: Here is a list of the species seen on this and the last 3 walks at Angelica Park.

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