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A Visitor on the Sea

A male Bobolink in full breeding plumage at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Andrea Westmoreland [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr
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A male Bobolink in full breeding plumage at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

A visitor receives a visitor on his boat; a Bobolink pauses in its long migratory flight. These birds can travel as many as 6,000 miles from their South American homes to their breeding grounds in the northern U.S. and Canada.

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.