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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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A wren asleep on the porch. [CC BY-NC 4.0]

The Carolina wren sometimes overnights in the shelter of a porch.

Patent-Leather Beetle

Jan 20, 2020
A patent-leather beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus)
Matthew Beziat [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

The patent-leather beetle or "Bess Beetle" (Odontotaenius disjunctus) is most commonly found in climates with higher humidity, mainly in the warmer parts of both hemispheres, and also widely distributed in temperate North American forests. They are usually found under, or inside, old logs or stumps and are rarely observed outside of their wooden habitats.

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Jan 17, 2020
Sharp-shinned hawk
Kelly Colgan Azar [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) is a small hawk, with males being the smallest hawks in the United States and Canada.

Starfish stinkhorn mushroom
Mike Young [CC BY 3.0 US] via Wikipedia

This fairly common fungus is widely distributed in Australia and across many islands in the Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand. From its natural habitat it appears to have travelled to other parts of the world in garden or soil products.

Black Knot Fungus

Jan 15, 2020
Close-up of Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)
Distant Hill Gardens [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

This fungus usually grows on cherry or related trees.

Chinese mantis egg case
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

If you find one of these egg cases, leave them in place. The mantis will emerge in spring.

Plum Grass

Jan 13, 2020
Plume grass
Image by Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay

Saccharum is a genus of tall perennial plants of the broomsedge tribe within the grass family. The genus is widespread across tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions in Africa, Eurasia, Australia, the Americas, and assorted oceanic islands. Several species are cultivated and naturalized in areas outside their native habitats.

Amber Jelly Fungus

Jan 10, 2020
Amber jelly fungus
pverdonk [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

You'll often find this fungus on fallen tree branches.

Crane-Fly Orchids

Jan 9, 2020
The leaf of a Crane-Fly Orchid.
Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This is a good time of year to spot Crane-Fly orchids.

Feed the Birds

Jan 8, 2020
SC Public Radio

Now is the time to keep an eye on your bird feeders, to see many winter migrators.

SC Public Radio

Many treasures are easier to find when the leaves are off of many trees.

SC Public Radio

January, the month that "looks two ways." Rudy quotes the words of Phil Robinson.

Starfish stinkhorn mushroom
Mike Young [CC BY 3.0 US] via Wikipedia

This non-native fungus probably hitch-hiked to North America from Australia via ornamental plants.

Great Horned Owl

Jan 2, 2020
A great horned owl
Patrick Myers/National Park Service [public domain] via Flickr

The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2020
SC Public Radio

Rudy wishes you a happy 2020.