Content about nature

Woodland Voles

Feb 27, 2018
Woodland Vole (Microtus Pinetorum).
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (public domain)

The case of the disappearing dandelions.

Sand Collars

Feb 26, 2018
A sand collar, the egg capsule of a moonsnail.
© Hans Hillewaert [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

They look like they might be man-made, but, they are not.

Bagworm Moths

Feb 23, 2018
A Bagwood Moth egg case.
William Fountain, University of Kentucky, [CC BY-NC 3.0 US]

The female Bagworm Moth is wingless.

Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom
Mike Young [CC BY 3.0 US] via Wikipedia

This fungus gets part of its common name from its shape.

Cedar Waxwings

Feb 21, 2018
Cedar Waxwing
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, [CC BY 3.0 US]

A listener finds a flock of Cedar Waxwings drinking in his backyard.

Mystery Skull

Feb 20, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a skull...

Count the Birds

Feb 19, 2018
logo for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Audubon Society

This is the last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Rudy shares his list, so far.

Bird Bones

Feb 16, 2018
A wild turkey.
Alfred Viola, Northeastern University,

A listener finds large bones in the woods that look like they belonged to a bird. But, what kind?

logo for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Audubon Society

Go to to report birds you see in your backyard, February 16 - 19.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2018
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares a passage from The Dewy Morn, by Richard Jeffries.

A Southern Yellowjacket.
Bob Peterson (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

A listener is surprised to see Yellowjackets devouring an animal carcass. Unusual? Not really: Yellowjackets  are omnivorous.

SC Public Radio

As the name implies, you'll find these fungi in the winter.

Barnacles on the Beach

Feb 9, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds some Barnacles on Myrtle Beach.

Brown Snakes

Feb 8, 2018
A Dekay's snake (Storeria dekayi), aka Brown snake.
David Cappaert,

Brown Snakes are nonvenomous, and they often hibernate in piles of dead leaves.

The egg mass and some newly hatched wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus).
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

A listener finds the egg mass of a Wheel Bug.

Mystery Egg Case

Feb 6, 2018
A Spiny Backed Orb Weaver.
David Cappaert,

The egg case of the Spiny Backed Orb Weaver is bright green.

A Snowy Owl.
Rob Routledge, Sault College,

Highly unusual sightings of Snowy Owls have been made in South Carolina this winter.

Happy Whistle Pig Day!

Feb 2, 2018
A Groundhog
Brett Marshall, Sault College,

Groundhogs are usually called Woodchucks in South Carolina. In the past they were often called Whistle Pigs.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Each week on Making It Grow Terasa Lott gives us a water quality tip. Rain barrels and rain gardens are designed to help stop storm water runoff from properties, water that carries pollutants, invasive plant seeds, and causes erosion. Small steps but they can help. However, Hitchcock Woods in Aiken receives most of the storm water from the City of Aiken via underground pipes. One event resulted in thirty-five million gallons of water rushing into the woods over nine hours.

Manatees in the Cold

Feb 1, 2018
A Manatee
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

When extremely cold weather hits South Carolina, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries to push Manatees southward to warmer waters.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. It wasn’t hunting that attracted the wealthy Hitchcock family to South Carolina in the early 1900’s; rather it was the well drained sands that provided good footing for horse sporting activities soils that also grew pine trees beautifully but not crops. Their legacy, Aiken’s urban forest Hitchcock Woods, was home to red cockaded woodpeckers until the 1970’s.

American Woodcock

Jan 31, 2018
An American Woodcock
Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography,

The American Woodcock is a permanent resident of South Carolina.

Hitchcock Woods

Jan 31, 2018
Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A recent article in the Department of Natural Resources’ South Carolina Wildlife magazine highlighted a   2000-acre urban forest in the City of Aiken. A wealthy Northern family, the Hitchcocks, bought the property for fox hunting and   related events. In nineteen thirty-nine they gave it to the Aiken community as a gift.

Snowball Snake

Jan 30, 2018
A Yellow Rat Snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

A Charleston listener has the rare chance to engage in a snowball fight, and makes a remarkable find in one of his missiles.

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. While reading the Department of Natural Resource’s award-winning magazine, South Carolina Wildlife, I learned about a remarkable organization that DNR partners with.

Major Sallow Moth

Jan 29, 2018
A Major Sallow moth, Feralia major.
CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0]

A listener photographs a moth that she says looks like it's wearing a Christmas sweater.

"Ground Cedar"

Jan 26, 2018
Ground Cedar.
Nancy Magnusson [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

You'll find this green club moss on the ground among the brown, dead leaves in the winter.

Lichen with Legs?

Jan 25, 2018
A debris-carrying Aphis Lion, the larval form of the Green Lacewing.
USA, TX, Travis Co.: Austin Brackenridge Field Laboratory [CC0 1.0] via Flickr

The Aphis Lion carries remains of its prey on its back, along with other debris. Great camouflage!

Ferruginous Sandstone

Jan 24, 2018
Ferruginous Sandstone (banded).
Amcyrus2012 [CC BY 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Similar to mudstone, this sandstone is held together by iron oxide.

Winter Birds

Jan 23, 2018
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
dfaulder, via Wikimedia Commons

There are plenty of birds that come to South Carolina in the Winter. Rudy mentions two of his favorites.