NatureNotes

Mon-Fri, throughout the day

Naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on NatureNotes. These 1-minute snippets offer you a chance to find out about diverse topics having to do with the natural world. From the inner workings of our world's ecosystems, to plants & animals unique to South Carolina, to tips on beautiful sites to visit, you'll learn more about the world around you on NatureNotes.

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Some Thoughts on Spring

Mar 24, 2017

"The Poet" shares some thoughts on the joy of Spring in the woods.

Redbud Tree
Dcrjsr [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Redbud tree starts budding in the Lowcountry before it does elsewhere in the South Carolina. It is a harbinger of Spring, which arrives first in the southern part of the state.

An American Bald Eagle
Yathin S Krishnappa via Wikimedia Commons

The Bald Eagle does, in fact live in the state throughout the year. This time of year they are nesting.

Brown Watersnake

Mar 21, 2017
A Brown Water Snake
birdphotos.com via Wikimedia Commons

The Brown Water Snake is more common now in the Piedmont that it was.

Today is the Vernal Eqinox...spring is here!

An Opossum
Roy Guisinger/Coffee, via Pixabay

The Opossum has the most teeth of any land mammal in South Carolina.

Cannonball Jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris) washed up on the beach at Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Mr.TinDC, via Flickr

The Cannonball is one of the most common Jellyfish, and is food for the Leatherback Sea Turtle.

The Great Kiskadee

Mar 15, 2017
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
Bernard Dupont, via Flickr

Bird lovers have spotted a species new to South Carolina, which usually ranges from South America to the Gulf Coast.

Solitary Bees

Mar 14, 2017

A listener notices "little mounds" appearing on his lawn and wants to know the cause.

Rudy recommends a book for listeners who want to learn about the wildflowers around them.

A Long-Lived Spider

Mar 10, 2017
Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis, at Congaree National Park, SC.
Theresa Thom, via Wikimedia Commons

Most spiders live for about a year. The Southern House Spider can live for up to three years.

Mistletoe

Mar 9, 2017
Mistletoe in a Silver Birch Tree.
© Andrew Dunn, andrewdunnphoto.com/CC 2.0

Mistletoe is a parasite that grows on trees. It's especially easy to spot when a tree has shed its leaves for the winter.

A listener finds a skeleton...

The Corn Snake eats small birds and mammals.
zoosnow/Pixabay

The Corn Snake is also known as a Red Rat snake.

Mystery Vertebra

Mar 6, 2017

A listener finds a bone by the lake. A vertebra? If so, from what animal?

It's a Lichen

Mar 3, 2017
A foliate (leafy) lichen on a branch with dark green mosses.
Norbert Nagel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener walking near Callahan Mountain finds what looks like a strange looking little plant.

Mystery Feather

Mar 2, 2017
A Downy Woodpecker
Eric Bégin via Flickr

This listener found a feather that was most likely from a Downy Woodpecker,

Japanese Honeysuckle

Mar 1, 2017
Japanese Honeysuckle
Famartin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This vine is an invasive species, wide spread in South Carolina.

A Bone in the Woods

Feb 28, 2017

A Scout finds a leg bone of a cow in the woods.

Anhinga

Feb 27, 2017
A swimming Anhinga.
Wknight94 ,CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

These birds swim in the water with only their head and neck exposed. They are common on the coastal plain.

Leafy Oak Galls

Feb 24, 2017

These galls live only on Live Oaks.

A black rat snake.
Mark Moran/www.fcps.edu

Black Rat Snakes aren't always "black."

Carolina Laurel Cherry

Feb 22, 2017
Carolina Cherry Laurel
Homer Edward Price, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Carolina Cherry Laurel is fruiting about now, across the state. Many people plant this native species as an ornamental because of the beautiful flowers and because it is evergreen.

Great Blue Heron
Alan D. Wilson, www.naturespicsonline.com, via Wikimedia Commons

A skeleton is found in the woods...

Flowers Are Blooming

Feb 20, 2017

As the weather warms, blooms are opening around the state, beginning with the coast.

The Beaver, once common in North America, were hunted to near extiprated in the Carolinas. However, they are coming back.
Bering Land Bridge Natural Preserve via Flickr

A strange object found in the driveway...

A listener was forced to take down an old Holly Tree. In the process, she found some "strange marks" on the bark.

A Beech Drop
Tom Potterfield via Flickr

Beech Drops, which contain no chlorophyll, are parasites that live on the roots of Beech Trees.

"The Dewy Morn"

Feb 14, 2017

Rudy shares a quote from Richard Jeffries' novel, The Dewy Morn.

Skeleton Shrimp

Feb 13, 2017
A Skeleton Shrimp
© Hans Hillewaert, via Wikimedia Commons

Given its look, Pariambus typicus have an appropriate name in "Skeleton Shrimp."

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