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An Intricate Bird Nest

This small Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest from the previous season was found on the ground at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center. The nest is made of lichens, hair and spiderwebs.
Hannah Sutton/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, Maryland
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  The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher uses lichens as some of its nest-building materials. The lichens offer a natural camouflage.

Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene, which began its 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.