Rudy Mancke

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Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Before coming to television, Rudy served as the natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum for 10 years, and was a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College, attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, and received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Winthrop College, and Wofford College.

Rudy Mancke currently hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio.

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A Yellow Rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

When this snake is mature it will feed on birds and mammals. They feed on amphibians when they are young.

A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron with Its prey.
Peter Wallack [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A Charleston couple finds Yellow-Crowned Night Herons nesting in a backyard tree.

A couple shares pictures from their automated game camera. The pictures include a shot of a coyote "recycling" a faun.

A Tale of Three Species

Jun 23, 2017

A nature lover shows Rudy a photo of three different species of snake--apparently hibernating in the same space!

Nature Tracks

Jun 22, 2017

Rudy leads a nature tour at the South Carolina Railroad Museum.

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