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Bi-Valve Casts

22 hours ago
An opalized Cyrenopsis fossil bivalve
James St. John [CC 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Fossilized casts of inhabitants of ancient seas...

Mole Cricket
Radu Privantu/Flickr

The Mole Cricket is, indeed, an odd looking insect.

A Sheepshead Fish
Tomás Castelazo/Creative Commons 2.5), via Wikimedia Commons

Sheepshead Fish come in various coloration. One thing they have in common is some distinctive jaws and teeth.

Wooly Aphids

Jan 10, 2017
Ovisacs of Wooly Aphids
Michael Montgomery, USDA Forest Service, via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes called Alder Blight Aphids, these insects don't harm the trees.

Red Shouldered Hawk, Florida.
Alison Miller - Creative Commons 3.0 via en.wikipedia.org

There are a number of differences between a Red Shouldered Hawk and a Cooper's Hawk.

Rudy reads from Phil Robinson's, "In Garden Orchard and Spinney."

Yes, It's Alive

Jan 5, 2017
Freshwater Bryozoan.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Bryozoan colonies are actually animals.

Migrating Birds

Jan 4, 2017
Two Loons
USFWS/Gary J. Wege

A number of species of migrating birds make a stop in South Carolina in the Winter.

Salt Marsh Periwinkles

Jan 4, 2017
Salt marsh Periwinkle Snails.
Mary Hollinger, NESDIS/NODC biologist, NOAA. (NOAA Photo Library, via Wikimedia Commons)

Marsh Periwinkle Snails feed on organic debris during low tide, but, the don't like to get wet. So, they climb the marsh grass when the tide comes in.

Collared Earth Star
David Lochlin/Flickr

Every living thing is a "producer," a "user," or a "decomposer."  

A walk in the woods is a good way to mark the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Mystery Feathers

Dec 28, 2016
A Pileated Woodpecker.
Joshlaymon[CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds feathers, evidence of a recent kill by a predator. But, what kind of bird met its end here?

An Osprey in flight.
Gareth Rasberry [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spies an Osprey in an unusual place: perched on a house.

A Wheel Bug
Ragesoss via Wikimedia Commons

The Wheel Bug lays its eggs this time of year.

When you bring your Christmas tree in from the outdoors you may find some hidden hitchhikers.

The Tersa Sphynx Moth caterpillar has false eye spots.
Benny Mazur [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes called a Hornworm, the caterpillar for the Tersa Sphynx moth feed on weedy plants and is common in South Carolina.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Dec 21, 2016

The Winter Solstice is the day with the shortest period of sunlight for the year.

American Bald Eagle
Yathin S Krishnappa via Wikimedia Commons

Yes, there are Bald Eagles in South Carolina, and they are expanding their range.

A checkered Eastern Garter Snake.
Dawson, via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Garter Snake is the first to come out in the Spring and the last to go into hibernation in the Fall.

Leaf-Footed Bugs

Dec 16, 2016
A Leaf-Footed Bug
Lyle Buss, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

The Leaf-Footed bug is common in South Carolina.

The Gulf Fritillary

Dec 15, 2016
Gulf Fritillary butterfly
Bob Peterson via Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a beautiful butterfly on Daniel Island.

A juvenile Black Rat Snake.
Mark Moran/fcps.edu

This is the time of year when you may spot a juvenile Black Rat Snake.

Mystery Skull

Dec 13, 2016

A father and sons find the jawbone of an animal...but which species?

You won't see them often--they "fly" at night, mostly. But the Southern Flying Squirrel is common in South Carolina.

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