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Naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on NatureNotes. These 1-minute snippets offer you a chance to find out about diverse topics having to do with the natural world. From the inner workings of our world's ecosystems, to plants & animals unique to South Carolina, to tips on beautiful sites to visit, you'll learn more about the world around you on NatureNotes.

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Sweet Breath of Spring

Feb 25, 2021
Sweet breath of spring, or winter honeysuckle
Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Lonicera fragrantissima is a species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family known by the common names winter honeysuckle, fragrant honeysuckle, January jasmine, Chinese honeysuckle, kiss-me-at-the-gate, and sweet breath of spring. It is native to China and has been an introduced species to other parts of the world.

A coyote

Young deer are among the populations that feel the impact of this predator.

Clinging Fall Leaves

Feb 23, 2021
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Why do dead beech leaves tend to cling to trees long after other trees are bare?

Black Skimmers

Feb 22, 2021
Black skimmers
Florida Fish and Wildlife [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The black skimmer (Rynchops niger) is a tern-like seabird, one of three very similar birds species in the skimmer genus Rynchops in the gull family Laridae. It breeds in North and South America.

Baltimore Orioles

Feb 19, 2021
A Baltimore oriole
Larry & Teddy Page [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird common in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. It received its name from the resemblance of the male's colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore.

A male redheaded woodpecker
Mike's Birds [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Rudy talks about the eight woodpeckers species are found in South Carolina.

"To Be is Enough for the Stars

Feb 17, 2021
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Rudy quotes a section of Richard Jefferies  novel, A Dewy Morn.

Green Anoles

Feb 16, 2021
Green anole
Patricia Pierce [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Carolina anole is a small to medium-sized lizard, with a slender body. The head is long and pointed with ridges between the eyes and nostrils, and smaller ones on the top of the head. The toes have adhesive pads to facilitate climbing.

Bearded hedgehog fungus
Lebrac, via Wikimedia Commons

Hericium erinaceus (also called lion's mane mushroom, monkey head mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr's beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or bearded tooth fungus) is an edible mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia, it can be identified by its long spines (greater than 1 cm length), occurrence on hardwoods, and tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines.

The great leopard moth caterpillar
Chris Goforth/NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Rudy discusses the unusual early life cycle of the great leopard moth.

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The Great Backyard Bird Count is an inter-organizational effort between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada. Details on how to take part are at

An adult black rat snake

Rudy talks about the apparent decline of the snake populations in the state.

Cedar waxwing
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, [CC BY 3.0 US]

This is the time of year when large numbers of cedar wax wings migrate through South Carolina.

Pharyngial Teeth?

Feb 8, 2021
The pharyngeal teeth of an Aisian grass carp
Ohio State University Bio Museum

A listener finds part of the remains of a grass carp on the beach. This Asian species has "pharyngial teeth."

Leaf-Footed Bugs

Feb 5, 2021
A leaf-footed bug
Lyle Buss, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

The common names of the Coreidae vary regionally. Leaf-footed bug refers to leaf-like expansions on the legs of some species, generally on the hind tibiae. In North America, the pest status of species such as Anasa tristis on squash plants and other cucurbits gave rise to the name squash bugs.