July 2022 Meeting, Birdsboro Reservoir


July 13, 2022 by lancasterherp

Join us this Friday, July 15th for a nature walk around Birdsboro Reservoir, along the Hay Creek in Berks County. The main road through this area began washing into the creek many years ago, resulting in the area being closed to vehicle traffic. As a result, it turned into a popular destination for hikers, bikers, dog walkers, fishermen, rock climbers, bird watchers, and of course HERPERS!

Birdsboro Reservoir, image courtesy of Anne Esbenshade

Come prepared to walk partially on pavement, and partially on gravel. There are some areas of tall vegetation and rocks we may scan as well. However, Copperhead snakes are abundant in this area, so we must be careful. Never step where you can’t see your feet or reach where you can’t see your hands, and keep a close eye on children.

A Copperhead at Birdsboro Reservoir, image courtesy of Anne Esbenshade

Several members of the club are familiar with this area, and the Lumis family lives very close to by. Long-time member CJ Lumis has offered to lead us through some of his favorite parts of it.

We will most likely return to our vehicles close to dark, so you may want to bring a flashlight just in case.

Meeting Location:
2001 Haycreek Rd, Birdsboro, PA
This will take you to the parking area where we will meet. If you have any questions, feel free to text Jesse at 717-330-3015 or CJ at 610-427-3637.

Meeting Time:
Friday, July 15, 7 PM
We will leave for the walk at 7:00 PM, so please arrive earlier if you need time to park and prepare. Sunset is 8:34 PM Friday, which means full dark around 9:04 PM. We need time to walk in, walk out, and hopefully photograph some cool snakes, turtles, and amphibians!

-Jesse Rothacker


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