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Dine & Dash Burgers & Trail Race

10:30 AM  Saturday September 2, 2017  Taste of Hamburg-er Festival 2nd and State Streets

Mixing the spirit of an active outdoor lifestyle with that of ground beef indulgence may sound impossible, but Blue Mountain Wildlife is giving it a try.  Work up an appetite for Taste of Hamburg-er Festival by running the Dine & Dash.  Start by downing a burger.  Then run a mile.  Then down another burger.  Then finish it off with another mile run.  What could be better!

The race starts at the west end of the Festival near 2nd and State Streets in Hamburg, where the first burger is served.  Then head to the Etchberger Trail at the State Street Trailhead and run up the Etchberger Trail along the scenic Schuylkill River to its northern end.  Enjoy the second burger and double back on the Etchberger Trail to the starting point.

REGISTRATION: Online Registration is OPEN.  Click the link below to register at the BMW Online Store.  You can download a registration application, print it and mail it in with payment by clicking the link below.  You can also register on Race Day.  Registration opens at 10 AM and closes at 10:25 AM.  REGISTRATION LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 APPLICANTS!

Free Race T-Shirt with Registration!

PRIZES: There will be awards for Fastest Overall Male, Fastest Overall Female, fastest male and female in three categories, Best Costume, Best Dog and Judges' Choice. 

For more more information, updates and pictures, check out the Dine & Dash Facebook event page.

You can register online at the BMW Online Store or pdf click here to download the application.

 

Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the Dine & Dash starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday September 2nd.  Traffic will be heavy for the Festival, so be sure to arrive early.

 

  

 

 

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Walk with Dragonflies

10 AM  Saturday August 12, 2017  Monument Parking Lot, Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

A joint presentation of the Mengel Natural History Society and the Baird Orithological Club . Join Ken Lebo and Tony "Doc" Schoch on a fun and informative walk through the Basin to learn about the many and varied species of dragonflies inhabiting the wetlands there. View these fascinating creatures up close while learning from the experts. Bring a camera - plenty of opportunities for great pictures. For more information, contact Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657.

 

 

Get Outdoors Day

11 AM  Saturday June 11, 2016   Dry Brook Pavilion, Blue Marsh

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Blue Marsh for GO Day!  Let's move and get outdoors by joining numerous participants for a great day of fun in the sun.  Learn about recreational opportunities in Berks County and beyond by visiting the many displays.  Try out some of the activities and play the scavenger hunt.  You can also sit back and enjoy the presentations or meet Smokey Bear and Bobber the Water Safety Dog.  No admission charged!

 

 

 Bear Creek Festival

12 Noon  Sunday June 4, 2017   Schuylkill County Fairgrounds

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Bear Creek Festival!  The 16th Annual Bear Creek Festival is a family-oriented event that offers visitors free and fun activities related to all things environmental, outdoors, natural, and agricultural in Schuylkill County.

The Bear Creek Festival will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Summit Station from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Follow Schuylkill Conservation District for all the news and updates on #BearCreek2017
To learn about all of the free and fun activities being offered, follow “Schuylkill Conservation District” on Facebook.

 

 

Hamburg Arts & Craft Fest and Car Show

10 AM  Saturday May 20, 2017   Downtown Hamburg

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Hamburg Arts & Craft Fest!  One day festival featuring fine art and craft displays, a beer garden, musical entertainment, children’s activities, a silent art auction, an artists’ contest featuring “Chairs,” and a “rolling art exhibition” – a classic and antique car show. Visit www.hamburgpa.org for more information.

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Earth Day Clean-Up - Saturday April 22, 2017  8 AM to 4 PM

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife in some spring cleaning.  Help us get the Kerny cleaned up for summer.  Clean-Up Central opens at 8 AM with hot coffee, pastries from Dutch Maid Bakery, and all the things needed for a good clean-up - gloves, vests, bags, trash-grabbing tools and a list of areas looking for a good cleaning.  Dress appropriately for the weatherSome areas may be wet and muddy, so boots may be a good idea.  BMW will be placing "Trash Easter Eggs" out - collect the "Eggs" for free BMW gear - hats, patches or T-shirts!  Come out alone, with the family or with friends and help get the Kerny cleaned up.  Work projects will also be available for groups wanting to do more that collect trash.  Once again, BMW will be teaming up with Tilden EAC and the Monument Parking Lot will also be HQ for the Tilden Township Clean-Up.  This year, we will also be running the first race of the BMW Trail Race Series on the morning of the Clean-Up.  Come out for the race, stay for the Clean-Up!

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2017 Annual Membership Meeting And Banquet - Friday January 27, 2017

The Officers and Directors of Blue Mountain Wildlife invite you to join us for the Thirteenth Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet. This is always a wonderful opportunity to meet the folks who give a bit of themselves to protect and improve the Kerny, to find out what’s been going on at the Kerny and what’s being planned for the future, and to join and enjoy our little community. The Banquet will be held at The Loft in C.J. Hummel’s Restaurant in Lenhartsville on Friday January 27th. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the committee reports, election of officers, honors ceremony and “A Look Ahead”. This year, we will be enjoying a buffet meal, which will include tossed salad, choice of two entrees and three sides, fruits, dinner rolls and non-alcoholic drinks for about $20 per person. After the meal service, we are lining up a guest speaker to discuss dam removals. The Annual Banquet has been growing in popularity over the last several years and, although reservations are not required, it is recommended that you RSVP by January 25th. To do so, call Gregg Adams at 610-562-2386 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

 

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Fall Clean-Up & Cook-Out

Saturday October 22, 2016 3 PM Kernsville Dam Upper Parking Lot

Finish up the summer season with a clean-up and cook-out. Join BMW and the Schuylkill Headwaters Association in getting the Kerny ready for winter. The clean-up on both sides of the Schuylkill will be followed by hot dogs and s'mores roasted over an open fire.  Due to the new policies implemented by PA DEP, BMW has coordinated with PA DEP and local law enforcement to ensure that all parties are aware of the clean-up activities and that all participants can be easily identified by local law enforcement personnel. 

Participants are to meet at 3 PM at the Monument Parking Lot, near the main entrance to the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area just off Industrial Drive.  Participants will be briefed on the areas to be cleaned, cleaning supplies will be distributed and identifying items will be given to each participant before the participants are released to their areas.  At 6 PM, the participants will return to the Monument Parking Lot with their trash and the trash will be collected for disposal.  Once all the participants have returned, BMW will host a cook-out with hot dogs and s'mores.

 

 

 Dine & Dash Burgers & Trail Race

10:30 AM  Saturday September 3, 2016  Taste of Hamburg-er Festival 2nd and State Streets

Mixing the spirit of an active outdoor lifestyle with that of ground beef indulgence may sound impossible, but Blue Mountain Wildlife is giving it a try.  Work up an appetite for Taste of Hamburg-er Festival by running the Dine & Dash.  Start by downing a burger.  Then run a mile.  Then down another burger.  Then finish it off with another mile run.  What could be better!

The race starts at the west end of the Festival near 2nd and State Streets in Hamburg, where the first burger is served.  Then head to the Etchberger Trail at the State Street Trailhead and run up the Etchberger Trail along the scenic Schuylkill River to its northern end.  Enjoy the second burger and double back on the Etchberger Trail to the starting point.

There will be awards for Fastest Overall Male, Fastest Overall Female, fastest male and female in three categories, Best Costume, Best Dog and Judges' Choice. 

For more more information, updates and pictures, check out the Dine & Dash Facebook event page.

You can register online at the BMW Online Store.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the Dine & Dash starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday September 3rd.  Traffic will be heavy for the Festival, so be sure to arrive early.

 

Red Creek Wildlife Open House

11 AM  Saturday August 13, 2016   300 Moon Hill Drive, Schuylkill Haven

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Red Creek Wildlife Open House!  Encounter the animals, listen to fun and informtive lectures, visit the exhibits, and learn about the great work Red Creek is doing with animal rescue and rehabilitation.  Food and facepainting, too!

 

Walk with Dragonflies

10 AM  Saturday August 13, 2016  Monument Parking Lot, Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

A joint presentation of the Mengel Natural History Society and the Baird Orithological Club . Join Ken Lebo and Tony "Doc" Schoch on a fun and informative walk through the Basin to learn about the many and varied species of dragonflies inhabiting the wetlands there. View these fascinating creatures up close while learning from the experts. Bring a camera - plenty of opportunities for great pictures. For more information, contact Ken Lebo 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch 610-670-0657.

 

Starwatch in Northern Berks

9 PM  Friday July 8, 2016   Monument Parking Lot, Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

Members of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations. Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy summer night starwatching. Cloud/Rain date: Saturday, July 9th.

 

Blue Mountain Wildlife 15th Anniversary Celebration and Open House

10AM  Sunday June 26, 2016   Monument Parking Lot, Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

Help Blue Mountain Wildlife celebrate 15 years of preserving the Kerny.  Come out to the Kerny and see what Blue Mountain WIldlife has accomplished. 

 

Get Outdoors Day

11 AM  Saturday June 11, 2016   Dry Brook Pavilion, Blue Marsh

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Blue Marsh for GO Day!  Let's move and get outdoors by joining numerous participants for a great day of fun in the sun.  Learn about recreational opportunities in Berks County and beyond by visiting the many displays.  Try out some of the activities and play the scavenger hunt.  You can also sit back and enjoy the presentations or meet Smokey Bear and Bobber the Water Safety Dog.  No admission charged!

 

Summer Invasive Species Walk

9 AM  Saturday June 4, 2016   Monument Parking Lot, Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

Join Richard Gardner in an informative walk along the trails while talking about how to identify and remove some of the common invaders of our trails and woodlands which are present in early summer. Plants of interest will include Tree-of-Heaven, garlic mustard, Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet, Autumn olive, Winged Euonymus, Japanese honeysuckle, bush honeysuckles, multiflora rose, wineberry, vinca and others.

 

Spring Flower Macrophotography

1 PM  Saturday May 21, 2016   Monument Parking Lot, Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

A Berks County Parks and Recreation Department/Blue Mountain Wildlife event. Learn tips and techniques for photographing flowers in spectacular detail from Kerry Grim and Neven Dries- Blue Mountain Wildlife, Inc. members and exceptional photographers. We’ll walk the scenic Cabela’s Wetlands Trail selecting subjects to photograph, practicing focus, aperture, shutter speed and lighting. Rain Date: Sunday, May 22. Cost: $5 donation per person. Pre-registration is required. Call: 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 Deadline: May 16th

 

Bear Creek Festival

12 Noon  Sunday May 15, 2016   Schuylkill County Fairgrounds

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Bear Creek Festival!  The 15th Annual Bear Creek Festival is a family-oriented event that offers visitors free and fun activities related to all things environmental, outdoors, natural, and agricultural in Schuylkill County.  Follow the Photo Trail for some memorable photos and learn something new at each stop! Get to all the stops for a fun prize and be entered to win a $50 Cabela's gift card.
This year's event will also include live presentations on the mainstage:
- Wildlife from Red Creek Wildlife Center
- Native American Artifacts by Big Owl McSurdy
- Hands-on Ways of Wildlife workshop and making animal pawprint bookmarks with Porcupine Pat
The Bear Creek Festival will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Summit Station from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
To learn about all of the free and fun activities being offered, follow “Schuylkill Conservation District” on Facebook.

 

Hamburg Arts & Craft Fest and Car Show

10 AM  Saturday May 14, 2016   Downtown Hamburg

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife at the Hamburg Arts & Craft Fest!  A one-day festival featuring fine art and craft displays, performing artists, children’s activities, a silent art auction, a magician, an artists’ contest featuring “The Chicken or the Egg,” a beer & wine garden, a chainsaw carving demonstration, and a “rolling art exhibition” – a classic and antique car show. We will also have a Chalk Talk presentation and a caricature artist at the Hamburg Strand Theater. Visit www.hamburgpa.org for more information.

 

Earth Day Clean-Up - Saturday April 23, 2016  8 AM to 4 PM

Join Blue Mountain Wildlife in some spring cleaning.  Help us get the Kerny cleaned up for summer.  Clean-Up Central opens at 8 AM with hot coffee, pastries from Dutch Maid Bakery, and all the things needed for a good clean-up - gloves, vests, bags, trash-grabbing tools and a list of areas looking for a good cleaning.  Dress appropriately for the weatherSome areas may be wet and muddy, so boots may be a good idea.  BMW will be placing "Trash Easter Eggs" out - collect the "Eggs" for free BMW gear - hats, patches or T-shirts!  Come out alone, with the family or with friends and help get the Kerny cleaned up.  Work projects will also be available for groups wanting to do more that collect trash.  Once again, BMW will be teaming up with Tilden EAC and the Monument Parking Lot will also be HQ for the Tilden Township Clean-Up.

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Invasive Species Walk at the Kerny - Saturday March 26, 2016  9:00 AM

Join Richard Gardner in an informative walk along the trails while talking about how to identify and remove some of the common invaders of our trails and woodlands which are present in early spring. Plants of interest will include Ailanthus altissima, garlic mustard, honeysuckles, multiflora rose, oriental bittersweet and others. 

 

2016 Annual Membership Meeting And Banquet - Friday January 29, 2016 

The Officers and Directors of Blue Mountain Wildlife invite you to join us for the Twelfth Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet.  This is always a wonderful opportunity to meet the folks who give a bit of themselves to protect and improve the Kerny, to find out what’s been going on at the Kerny and what’s being planned for the future, and to join and enjoy our little community.  The Banquet will be held at The Loft in C.J. Hummel’s Restaurant in Lenhartsville on Friday January 29th.  The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the committee reports, election of officers, honors ceremony and “A Look Ahead”.  After the meal service, we'll hear a guest speaker from Hawk Mountain.  The Annual Banquet has been growing in popularity over the last several years and, although reservations are not required, it is recommended that you RSVP by January 28th.  To do so, call Gregg Adams at 610-562-1428 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

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