Content about nature

The Fox Squirrel

3 hours ago
An Eastern Fox Squirrel.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The Fox Squirrel is significantly larger than the more common Gray Squirrel.

Happy Vernal Equinox!

Mar 20, 2019
SC Public Radio

Today the length of night is the same as that of day.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest.
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab [Public Domain Mark 1.0] via Flickr

These nests are held together with spider silk.

The Luna Moth

Mar 18, 2019
Luna Moth - Actias luna.
Lynette Elliott [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

These moths over-winter in "paper thin" cocoons on the ground.

American Bittern

Mar 15, 2019
An American Bittern
Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimeida Commons

You will find this bird in marshes, if you can manage to see it at all.

Cedar Wax Wings

Mar 14, 2019
Cedar Waxwing
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, [CC BY 3.0 US]

This is the time of year you will see flocks of Cedar Wax Wings feeding.

Words for Spring

Mar 13, 2019
SC Public Radio

Rudy shares some of the words of writer Nathaniel Parker Willis.

Hawk Sightings

Mar 12, 2019
A juvenile Red Tailed Hawk.
Brocken Inaglory [CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

There are two broad-winged hawks common in South Carolina: the Red Shouldered Hawk and the Red Tailed Hawk.

Pharyngeal Teeth

Mar 11, 2019
The phayngeal teeth of an Aisian Grass Carp.
Ohio State University Bio Museum

A listener finds some "jaws" on the shore of Lake Hatwell, which are actually pharyngeal teeth, found in certain species of Carp.

House Centipede

Mar 8, 2019
House Centipede
Bruce Marlin via Wikimedia Commons

As the name implies, this is the only centipede commonly found in homes.


Mar 7, 2019
SC Public Radio

Snakes are beginning to come out on warm days and Rudy identifies several that have been sighted.

Pileated Woodpecker

Mar 6, 2019
A Pileated Woodpecker.
Joshlaymon[CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

This woopecker is the largest species in the U.S.

The chrysalis of a Monarch Butterfly.
William Warby [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Monarch is also known as the Milkweed Butterfly because the caterpillar only feeds on Milkweed.

March Forth!

Mar 4, 2019
SC Public Radio

This is a great time of year to get outdoors and look around at the changing of the season.

Rice Field Rats

Mar 1, 2019
Rice Field Rats
International Rice Research Institute [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener in near Kingstree finds a small grass home built by this small mammal in a field.

Osage Orange

Feb 28, 2019
Osage Orange Trees
Msact via

Osage Orange trees have been imported from the Osage region of North America.

We Had Elephants?

Feb 27, 2019
SC Public Radio

A listener wants to make sure he heard correctly... There were once elephants in South Carolina?

Mystery on Folly Beach

Feb 26, 2019
A sea cucumber.
US Embassy Canada

Possibly killed by a cold snap, Brown Sea Cucumbers are washed up on the beach...

SC Public Radio

Rudy shares the results of his count.

A River Otter.
USFWS Mountain-Prairie [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds the carcass of a Northern River Otter in downtown Charleston.

Cooper's Hawks

Feb 21, 2019
A Cooper's Hawk
TexasEagle [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

These hawks feed on other birds, often snatching them out of the air as they fly.

Princess Trees

Feb 20, 2019
Leaves and fruit pods of Royal Paulownia.
Haeferl [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

The Royal Paulownia is a non-native tree from China and tends to be invasive.

The Moth in Marion

Feb 19, 2019
A Regal Moth, a.k.a. Royal Walnut Moth.
Kadoka1 via Wikimedia Commons

A listener in Marion, SC, spots a Regal Moth, or Royal Waltnut Moth, on a gas pump. This moth ranges throughout the state, but, is not commonly seen.

Brown Snakes

Feb 18, 2019
A Dekay's snake (Storeria dekayi), aka Brown snake.
David Cappaert,

These non-venomous snakes are common in South Carolina's backyards.

SC Public Radio

The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Audobon Society, begins today.

SC Public Radio

Rudy reads from Richard Jefferies'  novel, The Dewy Morn.

Southern House Spider

Feb 13, 2019
The Southern House Spider
Edward L. Manigault [CC BY 3.0 US], Clemson University Donated Collection,

This spider is common in South Carolina homes. It's large and looks kind of scary, but is harmless to humans.

A Cloudless Sulphur butterfly (Phoebis sennae).
Jerry A. Payne/USDA Agricultural Research Service

This butterly sometimes over-winters as adults.

Mystery Nest

Feb 11, 2019
A Loggerhead Shrike.
Kaaren Perry [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a nest belonging to a Loggerhead Shrike.

Spotted Wintergreen

Feb 8, 2019
Spotted Wintergreen
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This plant is found throughout South Carolina.