Content about nature

American Woodcock

Jan 31, 2018
An American Woodcock
Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography,

The American Woodcock is a permanent resident of South Carolina.

Hitchcock Woods

Jan 31, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A recent article in the Department of Natural Resources’ South Carolina Wildlife magazine highlighted a   2000-acre urban forest in the City of Aiken. A wealthy Northern family, the Hitchcocks, bought the property for fox hunting and   related events. In nineteen thirty-nine they gave it to the Aiken community as a gift.

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.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. While reading the Department of Natural Resource’s award-winning magazine, South Carolina Wildlife, I learned about a remarkable organization that DNR partners with.

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.

"Ground Cedar"

Jan 26, 2018
Ground Cedar.
Nancy Magnusson [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

You'll find this green club moss on the ground among the brown, dead leaves in the winter.

Lichen with Legs?

Jan 25, 2018
A debris-carrying Aphis Lion, the larval form of the Green Lacewing.
USA, TX, Travis Co.: Austin Brackenridge Field Laboratory [CC0 1.0] via Flickr

The Aphis Lion carries remains of its prey on its back, along with other debris. Great camouflage!

Ferruginous Sandstone

Jan 24, 2018
Ferruginous Sandstone (banded).
Amcyrus2012 [CC BY 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Similar to mudstone, this sandstone is held together by iron oxide.

Winter Birds

Jan 23, 2018
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
dfaulder, via Wikimedia Commons

There are plenty of birds that come to South Carolina in the Winter. Rudy mentions two of his favorites.

A Northern Brownsnake.
coloneljohnbritt [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a Brownsnake in his yard and wants to know, will it keep Copperheads out of its territory?


Jan 19, 2018
SC Public Radio

Skeletal material can tell you a lot, if you know what to look fore.

Leaves, Green and Brown

Jan 18, 2018
SC Public Radio

Midst the brown, dead leaves,  this time of year you can sometimes to find the green leaves of the Crane-Fly Orchid.

White Dots on the River

Jan 17, 2018
SC Public Radio

Gulls are on the rivers this time of year.


Jan 16, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares some words by Phil Robinson, from Garden, Orchard, and Spinney.

A Skull in the Forest

Jan 16, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a skull in the forest with splayed canine teeth.

Spotted at the Feeder

Jan 12, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy reports on the sightings at his backyard bird feeder.

A Leaf-Footed Bug
Lyle Buss, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

Leaf-footed bugs often over-winter as adults in South Carolina.

Mantis Fly

Jan 10, 2018
A Mantis Fly.
Pavel Kirillov [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The front legs of the Mantis Fly resemble those of a Mantis.

A Western Visitor

Jan 9, 2018
A Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird.
Alfred Viola, Northeastern University,

Western hummingbirds have been increasingly sited in the eastern U.S.

Marbled Salamanders

Jan 8, 2018
A marbled salamander.
cotinis [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The Marbled Salamander is often found under logs or debris on flood plains.


Jan 5, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener from Vermont salutes the work of Rudy Mancke and Jim Welch over the years on SCETV's NatureScene.

Ant Lion Pits

Jan 4, 2018
Ant lion larva (Myrmeleontidae).
NPS/Robb Hannawacker

The indentations around the nest of an Ant Lion larva are for trapping prey.

Deer in the Lake

Jan 3, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener sees a group of deer dashing into Lake Murray. Unusual?

SC Public Radio

Rudy shares words from Henri-Frédéric Amiel's journal:

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2018
SC Public Radio

Start the year with a nature walk!

Southern Flying Squirrel
Ken Thomas via Wikimedia Commons

Listeners rescue a small squirrel that usually sleeps during the day.

Cooper's Hawk

Dec 28, 2017
A Cooper's Hawk
TexasEagle [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

This splendid bird of prey can be identified by its long tail and relatively short wings.

Mediterranean Gecko

Dec 27, 2017
A Mediterranean Gecko.
Nathan Vaughn/Flickr

A listener spots a lizard near Charleston harbor...

Bearded Hedgehog Fungus
Lebrac, via Wikimedia Commons

Some naturalists find a massive fungus, sometimes known as a Lion's Mane fungus.

SC Public Radio

Is it any wonder that Rudy Mancke's most requested-of-Santa gifts over the years have been books on nature?