Rudy Mancke


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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Shrews feed on Voles and other mammals.

The Bald Cypress Tree has male and female cones.

The Great Leopard Moth Caterpillar is a bristly creature.

Box Elder "Snow"

Jan 5, 2015

Shake a small Box Elder tree this time of year and you are likely to experience a "snowstorm" of floating seed, 'coptering to the ground.

Firefly Larvae

Jan 2, 2015

Firefly Larvae can glow just like adults.

Words for the New Year

Jan 1, 2015

Some words for the new year from the journal of Henri Frédéric Amiel.

Flicker on the Ground

Dec 31, 2014

Northern Flickers are a type of woodpecker you might spot on the ground as often as in a tree.

A bobcat sighting in Fairfield County.

Nodding Lady's Tresses Orchids are flowering in South Carolina, near ditches and ponds.

Leaffooted Bugs and other animals may be hibernating in the shed leaves on your lawn.

If you cut your own Christmas tree, be careful--there may be "packages" in the tree!

Indian Pipes

Dec 24, 2014

Indian Pipes flowers, common in South Carolina, are so named because then they are removed from the plant and held upside down they resemble long-stemmed tobacco pipes.

Wood Cockroaches are ghostly white after molting, until their exoskeletons harden.

Dune Evening Primrose

Dec 22, 2014

The Dune Evening Primrose grows in the dunes on the South Carolina coast.

The shortest period of daylight in a given year happens on the Winter Solstice.

Bursting Seed Pods

Dec 18, 2014

On a quiet day you can actually hear Wisteria seed pods bursting, scattering seeds.

This time of year, flocks of Common Grackles may visit an Oak tree near you.

Wheel Bug Eggs

Dec 16, 2014

We've talked about Wheel Bugs--unusual looking critters. Turns out, so are their eggs.

Copperheads are the most common venomous snake in South Carolina.

Readings for Autumn

Dec 12, 2014

Readings for Autumn by James Russell Lowell and Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

A Luna Moth sighted in Mid-November??

The egg case of the Black and Yellow Orb Weaver spider is a curious sight.

The Hawk in the back yard.

The yellow lines in a Yellow Rat Snake start out as yellow blotches.

"E" is for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the state butterfly.

Firefly Larva Looks Like an "Armored Caterpillar"

Columnar Stink Horn Mushroom in Aiken

"...(O)ne of the oddest true bug the world."

Playing Bone Detective

Dec 2, 2014

An skull is found in Musgrove Mill. What kind animal?

Osage Orange

Dec 1, 2014

Osage Orange trees in Musgrove Mill, SC