Content about nature

Bowl and Doily Spiders

Mar 28, 2017
Several Bowl and Doily Spider's webs wet with dew, on a trail in the Adirondacks, between Long Pond and Bessie Pond, St. Regis Canoe Area.
Marc Wanner [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This spiders create webs with bowl shapes over a relatively flat plain of silk, reminiscent of a "doily."

Winged Termites

Mar 27, 2017

Winged termite reproductives this time of year indicate a colony nearby.

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 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.

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.


Mar 9, 2017
Mistletoe in a Silver Birch Tree.
© Andrew Dunn, 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.

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.


Feb 27, 2017
NatureNotes is a production of South Carolina Public Radio.
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/

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,, 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.