Rudy Mancke

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Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Before coming to television, Rudy served as the natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum for 10 years, and was a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College, attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, and received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Winthrop College, and Wofford College.

Rudy Mancke currently hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio.

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NatureScene

Jan 5, 2018
NatureNotes
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
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

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

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

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

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2018
NatureNotes
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.

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

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

Coyote Photo Op

Dec 22, 2017
A coyote
ForestWander.com

Coyote populations are growing in South Carolina.

Happy Winter Solstice

Dec 21, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

We wish you a happy Winter Solstice!

Mantis Egg Case

Dec 20, 2017
The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.
Tom Potterfield [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Here's a good suggestion for what to do with that mantis egg case you found on your Christmas tree.

Bowfin

Dec 19, 2017
A bowfin in an aquarium.
Stan Shebs [CC-BY-SA-3.0]], via Wikimedia Commons

The bowfin is the only remaining representative of a kind of fish once plentiful in eons past.

A male Golden Silk Orb Weaver (top) is a lot smaller than a female .
Coveredinsevindust, via Wikimedia Commons

This spider is becoming more and more common across the state.

Brazillian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicanus)
J. N. Stuart [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a bat in the office (!) and wonders what species it was. The tail gives it away.

Yellow Rat Snake

Dec 14, 2017
Yellow Rat Snake
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

This species of rat snake is typical on the coastal plain of South Carolina.

Broad-headed Skink

Dec 13, 2017
Broad-Headed Skink
Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

Among the creatures a listener had captured on film was a Broad-Headed Skink.

Snook

Dec 12, 2017
Snook
Matthew Hoelscher [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Caught by a listener off of Edisto Beach, a type of fish he'd never seen before...

The Wood Stork

Dec 11, 2017
Wood Stork
Irene Atkinson, Bugwood.org

A listener in Awendaw, SC, spots a large bird with an "odd bill."

Giant ground sloths, relatives of the living South American tree sloths, lived across much of North America.
jjsala [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds the fossilized bones of a giant ground sloth.

Puss caterpillar.
Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University, Bugwood.org

The caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth, the Puss caterpillar has bristles that sting.

The egg case of a Carolina Mantis.
Tom Potterfield [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Why would some stink bugs be interested...?

Fishbones by the Lake

Dec 5, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener hiking alongside Lake Moultrie finds a skeleton...

Arbor Day

Dec 1, 2017
J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Library of Congress

Today is a great day to plant a tree! Rudy shares the story of the creation of Arbor Day.


A Slender Predator

Nov 30, 2017
A thread-legged bug.
Ilona L [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Some families of thread-legged bugs are predators.

Ravens

Nov 29, 2017
A common Raven.
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Ravens make a wide variety of calls. You can find these birds in the mountains of South Carolina.

Mournful Sphinx Moth

Nov 28, 2017
A Mournful Sphinx moth, Enyo lugubris.
pondhawk [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Mournful Sphinx moth's range is expanding northward.

"November"

Nov 27, 2017
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a poem, "November," by Thomas Hood. (The poem is also published as "No!")

A Spotted Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca lineata.
image via www.imaiges.com

The Spotted Bird Grasshopper is common in South Carolina, and is one of the largest species we have.

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