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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"...(O)ne of the oddest true bug the world."

Playing Bone Detective

Dec 2, 2014

An skull is found in Musgrove Mill. What kind animal?

Osage Orange

Dec 1, 2014

Osage Orange trees in Musgrove Mill, SC

A Pine Warbler is spotted 3 miles off the South Carolina coast!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Nov 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving greeting from Rudy.

Swamp Tupelo defends itself against Misletoe.

The Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar pupates underground.

A Carolina Wren spends the night on the porch.

A Poem of Alaska

Nov 21, 2014

A Poem of Alaska

Vertebrae from Columbia Mammoth Found on Edisto Island

An Atypically Marked Eastern Garter Snake

Strawberry Bush, a.k.a. Hearts-a-Bursting-with-Love.

Zebra Long-Winged Butterfly

Velvet Blue Spread Fungus is Common on Oaks

A Great Blue Heron Feasting on a Snake.

Sea Myrtle is Common All Over South Carolina

Copperhead Snake on the Trail Near Summerville.

The Tulip Tree

Nov 7, 2014

The Tulip Tree's leaves are shaped like a tulip, and its flowers also resemble tulip.

A Barred Owl in Downtown Greenville

Huge Bryozoan Colonies

Nov 5, 2014

Huge Bryozoan Colonies found in Lake Junaluska, NC.

Banded Sphinx Moth

Nov 4, 2014

Banded Sphinx Moth spotted in Newberry.

The Green Lynx spider guards its eggs, jumping into action at any sign of a threat.

Happy Hallowe'en

Oct 31, 2014

A special day for Rudy Mancke...

A little bird, nesting in the corner of the porch at night... the Carolina Wren, of course.

A snake encountered in the laundry room of a family home in the Midlands turns out to be a Corn Snake--harmless to people.

Nyssa biflora, commonly referred to as the swamp tupelo, or blackgum is a species of tupelo that lives in wetland habitats.

October Thoughts

Oct 24, 2014

"The October leaf-fading..." (Beckonings for Every Day: A Calendar of Thought - Lucy Larcom)

Hammer Head Worm

Oct 23, 2014

Found in Irmo, SC... a Hammer Head Worm? What's that?

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Oct 22, 2014

A listener spotted to "bugs," a small one attacking a larger one. The small one was a nymph, the large one was an adult Leaf Footed Bug.

Not very common in South Carolina, River Frogs range from Mississippi to North Carolina. But, their numbers are decreasing.