Content about nature


Jan 16, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares some words by Phil Robinson, from Garden, Orchard, and Spinney.

A Skull in the Forest

Jan 16, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a skull in the forest with splayed canine teeth.

Spotted at the Feeder

Jan 12, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy reports on the sightings at his backyard bird feeder.

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

Leaf-footed bugs often over-winter as adults in South Carolina.

Mantis Fly

Jan 10, 2018
A Mantis Fly.
Pavel Kirillov [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The front legs of the Mantis Fly resemble those of a Mantis.

A Western Visitor

Jan 9, 2018
A Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird.
Alfred Viola, Northeastern University,

Western hummingbirds have been increasingly sited in the eastern U.S.

Marbled Salamanders

Jan 8, 2018
A marbled salamander.
cotinis [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The Marbled Salamander is often found under logs or debris on flood plains.


Jan 5, 2018
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
SC Public Radio

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

SC Public Radio

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

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2018
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.

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

Coyote populations are growing in South Carolina.

Happy Winter Solstice

Dec 21, 2017
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.


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,

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,

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


Dec 12, 2017
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,

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,

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...?