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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  Daytona Moth Caterpillars love azaleas, and, this time of year, they show up in great numbers.

The Marbled Orb Weaver makes beautiful webs. Because of its coloring, it's often called a Hallowe'en Spider.

Green Anole Lizard

Oct 6, 2014

Carolina Anoles (we often call them "chamelions") are an odd sight when they shed their skin.

Five Rattlesnakes!

Oct 3, 2014

A weed covered pile of old lumber provides a great habitat for some Cane Break Rattlesnakes.

Actually, they are pupal cases of wasps! Rudy Mancke tells us more...

Walking Stick Insects

Oct 1, 2014

...a siting of the Two-Striped Walking Stick.

They've been around all summer, but, now they are big enough to notice--especially the "garden" spiders.

Checkered Skipper Butterflies are hard to catagorize. Rudy Mancke tells us more...

A Woodpecker at the Humming Bird feeder? Really?

An insect trapped in a spider web making a lot of racket? The Northern Singing Cicada.

Fall "web worms," caterpillars, actually, are abundant in the trees and shrubs this year. Rudy Mancke tells us more...

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   As we move toward winter, the days are shortening. Today is the autumnal equinox, when the daylight and the nighttime hours are equal, and it's not just a day on the calendar. All around us the natural world is reacting to the change. Rudy Mancke tells us more...

"A Harmony in Autumn"

Sep 19, 2014

Can you feel it? Autumn is coming!

  Banded Water Snakes in Myrtle Beach.

Daytona Moth

Sep 17, 2014

  The Daytona Moth has an unusual look when at rest.

  A Robber Fly takes on a Bumble Bee.

  Virgin's Bower is in Flower in South Carolina.

The Snake Vs. the Toad

Sep 3, 2014

The Snake vs. the Toad.

Naturalist Rudy Mancke talks about a really odd looking fish known as the Atlantic Midshipman Fish.

Southeastern Crowned snake.

Today we encore the first-ever "NatureNotes," broadcast 15 years ago.

Naturalist Rudy Mancke celebrates fifteen years of hosting NatureNotes on ETV Radio.

Richard Jefferies
Wikipedia

"...the hills purify those who walk upon them."

 Rudy Mancke shares his favorite quotes from English nature writer, Richard Jefferies.  

Hog Skeleton?

Aug 25, 2014

Rudy Mancke investigates if this find is a Hog skeleton? Yes, but, what kind?

Io Moth in Bishop, GA

Aug 22, 2014
Io Moth
Photograph taken by Patrick Coin. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 / via Wikimedia Commons

Rudy Mancke identifies the beautiful Io Moth from a photo he received from a listener. 

Mating Red Bats

Aug 21, 2014

Bryozoan Colonies in Lake Murray - again!

Eastern hognose snake
Wikipedia. Creative Commons License

  Naturalist Rudy Mancke is thrilled a listener decided to save an Eastern hognose snake from an unnecessary death.

Carolina Wren
Public Domain

 Naturalist Rudy Mancke talks about moving a Carolina Wren nest.

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