Content about nature

A Toothy Grin

Apr 4, 2017
A bowfin skull.
Chesapeake Bay Program via Flickr

The bowfin, or mud fish, is the lone descendant of a group of prehistoric fish.

These Seeds Have Wings

Apr 3, 2017
A Silver Maple Samara
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab via Flickr

The Silver Maple Tree's seeds have samaras, "wings" that help the seeds travel on the wind.

A Copperhead Snake?

Mar 31, 2017
A Midland Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon pleuralis.
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0], viaFlickr

Often mistaken for a Copperhead, the Midland Water snake is harmless to humans.

Giant Bark Aphids

Mar 30, 2017
Giant Bark Aphid, Longistigma caryae. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA.
Katja Schulz (CC BY 2.0)

Common in the Carolinas, this insect hibernated through winter, becoming active when the weather warms.

Learning What's Inside

Mar 29, 2017

Much can be learned about a dead bird by performing a necropsy.

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.