NatureNotes

20 Episodes
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By: Rudy Mancke

Each weekday naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of SCETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.

Cooper's Hawk
Yesterday at 9:30 AM

A listener sights a raptor in a tree...


Mystery Skull
Last Tuesday at 9:30 AM

A listener finds a skull with long canine teeth...


Luna Moths
Last Monday at 9:30 AM

Luna moths are common in South Carolina, with two broods a year.


Red Shouldered Hawk
Last Friday at 9:30 AM

This hawk is common in South Carolina's wooded wetlands.


Misteltoe
04/08/2021

Mistletoe is common in South Carolina.


Springtime
04/07/2021

Rudy shares a poem about Springtime.


Limpkins in South Carolina
04/06/2021

A listener reports sighting limpkins near Myrtle Beach. These birds are not usually found this far north.


Heron Rookeries
04/05/2021

Some listeners report a great blue heron rookery near Mauldin.


Woody Vines in South Carolina
04/02/2021

Rudy runs down the list...


It Were Happy if We Studied Nature More...
04/01/2021

Rudy shares the words of William Penn.


Syrinx
03/31/2021

A naturalist finds some mystery bones near Lake Greenwood...


Oak Galls
03/30/2021

These galls are made by wasps laying eggs in leaf buds.


Black-Crowned Night Heron
03/29/2021

A listener has an unusual, daylight sighting of a bird usually seen only a dusk or after nightfall.


Geese and Gulls in Formation?
03/26/2021

A listener reports an unusual formation in the sky...


Green Frogs
03/25/2021

A listener has a question about identifying a frog, based on the colors on its back.


Spring Has Sprung
03/24/2021

The plants are sprouting, the birds are active, the signs are all around.


The Northern Brown Snake
03/23/2021

This snake is common in backyards in South Carolina. Small, non-venomous, they tolerate people.


Red-Bellied Snakes
03/22/2021

The redbellied snake rarely grows to a foot long. It eats soft bodied animals, mostly invertebrates.


Chinese Mantis
03/18/2021

A listener finds an egg case that resembles a "brown marshmallow" attached to a plant...


Opossums
03/18/2021

Opossums will eat, among other things, copperheads - the most common venomous snake in South Carolina.