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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A Fox in the Daylight

Mar 8, 2018
A Red Fox.
Ronald Laubenstein, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bugwood.org

A listener spots a Red Fox in daylight. Is it unusual for one to be abroad during the day?

Backyard Lizard

Mar 7, 2018
An Eastern Fence Lizard found in Douthat State Park is a state park located in the Allegheny Mountains in Virginia.
Jarek Tuszynski [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a new type of lizard in his backyard.

A Sign of Spring

Mar 6, 2018
A Spring Azure butterfly.
David DeHetre [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

When you see these butterflies out and about, you know Spring is at hand.

Cocoons?

Mar 5, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener finds egg masses from a resident of his yard.

A column stinkhorn (Clathrus columnatus).
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

A listener finds "something from an alien environment" in his yard.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Sago palms are actually cycads, which are grouped with gymnosperms like pine trees. They are among the oldest seed plants to evolve on our planet.   Cycad fossils date back to almost 300 million years ago and once flourished worldwide.  They were the dominant plant group during the Mesozoic; the period sometimes called both the age of the dinosaur and the age of the cycads.

Eastern Pheobe

Feb 28, 2018
An Eastern Phoebe.
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots an Eastern Phoebe in her yard.

Woodland Voles

Feb 27, 2018
Woodland Vole (Microtus Pinetorum).
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (public domain)

The case of the disappearing dandelions.

Sand Collars

Feb 26, 2018
A sand collar, the egg capsule of a moonsnail.
© Hans Hillewaert [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

They look like they might be man-made, but, they are not.

Bagworm Moths

Feb 23, 2018
A Bagwood Moth egg case.
William Fountain, University of Kentucky, Bugwood.org [CC BY-NC 3.0 US]

The female Bagworm Moth is wingless.

Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom
Mike Young [CC BY 3.0 US] via Wikipedia

This fungus gets part of its common name from its shape.

Cedar Waxwings

Feb 21, 2018
Cedar Waxwing
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org [CC BY 3.0 US]

A listener finds a flock of Cedar Waxwings drinking in his backyard.

Mystery Skull

Feb 20, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a skull...

Count the Birds

Feb 19, 2018
logo for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Audubon Society

This is the last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Rudy shares his list, so far.

Bird Bones

Feb 16, 2018
A wild turkey.
Alfred Viola, Northeastern University, Bugwood.org

A listener finds large bones in the woods that look like they belonged to a bird. But, what kind?

logo for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Audubon Society

Go to birdcount.org to report birds you see in your backyard, February 16 - 19.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a passage from The Dewy Morn, by Richard Jeffries.

A Southern Yellowjacket.
Bob Peterson (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

A listener is surprised to see Yellowjackets devouring an animal carcass. Unusual? Not really: Yellowjackets  are omnivorous.

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

As the name implies, you'll find these fungi in the winter.

Barnacles on the Beach

Feb 9, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener finds some Barnacles on Myrtle Beach.

Brown Snakes

Feb 8, 2018
A Dekay's snake (Storeria dekayi), aka Brown snake.
David Cappaert, Bugwood.org

Brown Snakes are nonvenomous, and they often hibernate in piles of dead leaves.

The egg mass and some newly hatched wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus).
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

A listener finds the egg mass of a Wheel Bug.

Mystery Egg Case

Feb 6, 2018
A Spiny Backed Orb Weaver.
David Cappaert, Bugwood.org

The egg case of the Spiny Backed Orb Weaver is bright green.

A Snowy Owl.
Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org

Highly unusual sightings of Snowy Owls have been made in South Carolina this winter.

Happy Whistle Pig Day!

Feb 2, 2018
A Groundhog
Brett Marshall, Sault College, Bugwood.org

Groundhogs are usually called Woodchucks in South Carolina. In the past they were often called Whistle Pigs.

Manatees in the Cold

Feb 1, 2018
A Manatee
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

When extremely cold weather hits South Carolina, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries to push Manatees southward to warmer waters.

American Woodcock

Jan 31, 2018
An American Woodcock
Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography, Bugwood.org

The American Woodcock is a permanent resident of South Carolina.

Snowball Snake

Jan 30, 2018
A Yellow Rat Snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

A Charleston listener has the rare chance to engage in a snowball fight, and makes a remarkable find in one of his missiles.

Major Sallow Moth

Jan 29, 2018
A Major Sallow moth, Feralia major.
CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0]

A listener photographs a moth that she says looks like it's wearing a Christmas sweater.

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