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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Cooper's Hawk

17 hours ago
A Cooper's Hawk.
Linda Tanner via Wikimedia Commons

This hawk is a year-long resident of South Carolina.

Snake Snack

May 25, 2017
A yellow rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener reports seeing a snake eating a Mourning Dove whilst hanging upside down from a tree.

Odd Looking Insect

May 24, 2017
An immature Orange-Tipped Oakworm Moth.
Evan Raskin [CC BY-NC 4.0]

A listener spots an insect scurrying along the ground. It has tiny wings compared to its body. Is it an immature moth?

The Mayflies Are Out

May 23, 2017
A March Brown Mayfly.
Richard Bartz, via Wikimedia Commons

These insects live as nymphs in lakes, pools, and ponds. The adults emerge to live for only 24 hours.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

May 22, 2017
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Kelly Colgan Azar, via Flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

This migratory species builds nests that resemble those of Hummingbirds.

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