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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Happy Arbor Day

Dec 6, 2019
SC Public Radio

Happy Arbor Day - a good day to plant a tree!

SC Public Radio

A teacher shares how he uses NatureNotes in his classroom.

Great Blue Heron

Dec 4, 2019
Great Blue Heron
Alan D. Wilson,, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spies a Great Blue Heron in Greenville.

Puffball-in-aspic or Gelatinous stalked-puffball.
Zen Sutherland [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Calostoma cinnabarinum is a species of gasteroid fungus in the family Sclerodermataceae, and is the type species of the genus Calostoma. It is known by several common names, including stalked puffball-in-aspic and gelatinous stalked-puffball.


Dec 2, 2019
A Limpkin
Steve Garvie [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The limpkin (Aramus guarauna), also called carrao, courlan, and crying bird, is the only extant species in the genus Aramus and the family Aramidae. It is found mostly in wetlands in warm parts of the Americas, from Florida to northern Argentina. It feeds on molluscs, with the diet dominated by apple snails of the genus Pomacea. Its name derives from its seeming limp when it walks.

A Naturewalk in Cayce

Nov 29, 2019
SC Public Radio

Rudy recounts the joys of a nature walk in Cayce, SC.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2019
SC Public Radio

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

"Frozen" Bees?

Nov 27, 2019
SC Public Radio

A listener in Beaufort finds bumblebees who appear to be frozen in place, clinging to flowers.

Chinese Mantis Egg Case

Nov 26, 2019
Chinese mantis egg case
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds something in the hedges that looks like a "brown marshmellow."

SC Public Radio

Rudy shares some words from William Shakespeare and James Russell Lowell.

Caterpillar of the Great Leopard Moth.
Bill Bumgarner [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The giant leopard moth or eyed tiger moth (Hypercompe scribonia) is a moth of the family Erebidae. They are distributed through North America from southern Ontario, and southern and eastern United States through New England, Mexico and down to Panama.

Planarian Flatworms

Nov 21, 2019
A Land Planarian
Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons

Geoplanidae is a family of flatworms known commonly as land planarians or land flatworms. These flatworms are mainly predators of other invertebrates, which they hunt, attack and capture using physical force and the adhesive and digestive properties of their mucus. They lack water-retaining mechanisms and are therefore very sensitive to humidity variations of their environment.

Northern Parula Warbler

Nov 20, 2019
Northern Parula Warbler
Dan Pancamo [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This species is migratory, wintering in southern Florida, northern Central America, the West Indies and most of the Lesser Antilles.

The Wren on the Porch

Nov 19, 2019
A wren asleep on the porch. [CC BY-NC 4.0]

It's not an uncommon sight.

Mating "Walking Sticks"

Nov 18, 2019
A female two-striped walking stick mating with a male (top).
Mary Keim [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a pair of "Walkingsticks"...