Mon-Fri, throughout the day

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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Happy Arbor Day

Dec 6, 2019
SC Public Radio

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

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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."

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

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"...

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A listener finds two insects feasting on the same meal...