Content about nature

Rudy reads from The Vision of Sir Launfal, a poem by James Russell Lowell.


Jul 6, 2017
The Eastern Whippoorwill, a.k.a. Chuck-Will's-Widow
Dick Daniels [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This bird nests on the ground. It calls at night.

Bark lice
Andreas Kay [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Bark Lice have a habit of gathering in groups.


Jul 4, 2017
A male Dobsonfly
Vilseskogen [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Male Dobsonfly have large mandibles that they use to grasp females during mating.

An adult Black Rat Snake.

Black Rat snakes mating and laying eggs around this time of year will see the eggs hatch in the fall.

The Regal Moth

Jun 30, 2017
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

These moths pupate in the ground, sometimes for as long as two years.

Male Lyssomanes viridis jumping spider feeding on a nematoceran from Greenville County, South Carolina, USA.
David E. Hill [CC Atribution 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This spider doesn't spin a web to trap its prey. It "jumps" it.

A Yellow Rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

When this snake is mature it will feed on birds and mammals. They feed on amphibians when they are young.

A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron with Its prey.
Peter Wallack [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A Charleston couple finds Yellow-Crowned Night Herons nesting in a backyard tree.

A couple shares pictures from their automated game camera. The pictures include a shot of a coyote "recycling" a faun.

A Tale of Three Species

Jun 23, 2017

A nature lover shows Rudy a photo of three different species of snake--apparently hibernating in the same space!

Nature Tracks

Jun 22, 2017

Rudy leads a nature tour at the South Carolina Railroad Museum.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Jun 21, 2017

There will be more daylight today than any other day of the year.

Fence Lizards

Jun 21, 2017
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

The Eastern Fence lizard is found throughout South Carolina.

Land Lobster?

Jun 19, 2017
Lagniappe crawfish.
Susan Adams, U.S. Forest Service

Of the nearly 500 species of crayfish found in the world, approximately 350 are found in the United States, that’s nearly 70 percent of the world’s crayfish fauna - most of which is concentrated in the southeast.

Water Snake Intergrades

Jun 16, 2017
Northern Water Snake
Big iron, via Wikimedia Commons

The Midland Water Snake and the Northern Water Snake are "intergrades" of the same species.

Sea Oxeye

Jun 15, 2017
Homer Edward Price [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This native plant lives in the ecotone (transition) between salt water and high ground.

Rudy recounts his day at the Blue Wall Birding Festival at Table Rock State Park.

A listener reports an odd object washed ashore on the beach at Hilton Head Island. It's the egg casing of a Horse Conch.

Adult Eastern Smooth Earth Snake,Patapsco Valley State Park,Baltimore Co., MD.
David Heise, via Flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]

Eastern Smooth Earth Snakes appear to be moving into South Carolina. The juveniles often hide under rocks.

Imperial Moths

Jun 9, 2017
Imperial Moths mating.
National Park Service/Kent Walters

A listener finds a mating pair of Imperial Moths amongst some fallen leaves.

Wait...Is That an Ear?

Jun 8, 2017
The bud scale of a Magnolia.
Coleur, via Pixabay [CC0]

Found: what looks like a lopped off ear of some animal. But, what is it, really?

Rat Snakes

Jun 7, 2017
A Yellow Rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

Yellow Rat Snakes and Black Rat Snakes are two sub species, or inter-grades, of the same species.

Killdeer Hatching

Jun 6, 2017
A Killdeer with its nest and eggs.
Mykola Swarnyk, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener has been keeping an eye on a nest full of Killdeer eggs...

Mary Alice Monroe

Best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe and Rudy Mancke, naturalist, teacher, host of NatureNotes and SCETV's NatureScene, share a deep love of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. They join Walter Edgar to talk about the unique, priceless treasure that is South Carolina's Coastal Plain. 

Caterpillar for Dinner

Jun 2, 2017
Leaf-Footed Bug
Katja Schulz via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots a Leaf-Footed bug feeding on a caterpillar.

Fish Flies

Jun 1, 2017
A Dobsonfly.
Geoff Gallice, via Wikimedia Commons

The Dobsonfly is one of the largest of the "fish flies" in South Carolina.

The Tale of a Tail

May 31, 2017
A Five-Lined Skink.
Virginia State Parks [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots a lizard with an odd tale. Is it a mutation?

Bard Owls

May 30, 2017
A Bard owl.
Trish Hartmann

This is one of two species of dark-eyed owls in South Carolina.