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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Mystery Caterpillar

May 13, 2020
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a caterpillar he cannot identify...

Painted Bunting

May 12, 2020
A female Painted Bunting.
Dan Pancamo [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

The range of this species on South Carolina is expanding.

Trees in Flower

May 11, 2020
SC Public Radio

There are lots of trees flowering in South Carolina right now...

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest.
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab [Public Domain Mark 1.0] via Flickr

This bird uses lichens on the outside of its nest, which is good camouflage.

Pine Snakes

May 7, 2020
A Pine Snake
Glenn Bartolotti [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

This constrictor spends a lot of time underground and is not often seen in South Carolina.

Sweetshrub Fruit

May 6, 2020
Sweetshrub fruit
BlueRidgeKitties [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This aromatic plant is found in the Mountains and Piedmont of the Carolinas.

A Fish on the Beach

May 5, 2020
An atlantic sturgeon brood fish at the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery, SC.
James Henne/USFWS [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds part of a sturgeon washed up on the beach at the Isle of Palms...

"Snake Birds"

May 4, 2020
An anhinga.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

When the Anhinga is in the water, hunting, its head and neck is reminiscent of a swimming snake.

American Bitterns

May 1, 2020
An American Bittern
Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimeida Commons

This marsh bird blends so well with its surroundings that it's not often seen.

The Rosy Maple Moth

Apr 30, 2020
The Rosy Maple Moth.
Rhododendrites (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

This moth feeds on Maple leaves.

Eastern Milk Snake

Apr 28, 2020
Eastern Milk Snake
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

You'll find this snake in the mountains of South Carolina, and then only rarely.

Southern Pearly-Eye Butterfly, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina.
Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The white spots in some of the false eye spots on the wings of this butterfly give it this common name.

Chinese Privet is an invasive species.
Chris Evans, University of Illinois,

Privet, China Berry, and Japanese Honeysuckle are some of the non-native species flowering this spring.

A common pug moth caterpillar
Line Sabroe [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Common Pug Moth caterpillar feeds on flowers petals.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Apr 22, 2020
A male Red Bellied Woodpecker.
Mike's Birds [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is a medium-sized woodpecker of the family Picidae. It breeds mainly in the eastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far north as Canada.