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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Spiny Backed Orb Weaver
Markrosenrosen/Wikimedia Commons

This remarkable spider is native to South Carolina.

A Cicada Killer Wasp with a Cicada.
Bill Buchanan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

These solitary wasps rarely sting a human being.

The Snake and the Frog

Aug 16, 2017
Eastern Garter snake, Florida.
Glenn Bartolotti via Wikimedia Commons

This common snake was found in a pool near Columbia, along with  a bullfrog.

A Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell turtle.
James Harding/biokids.umich.edu

The Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell turtle is more common that the other Softshell found in South Carolina, the Florida Softshell turtle.

The Devil's Walking Stick in flower.
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org

This plant is common on the fringe of woodlands, often on roadsides.

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