Nature

North American Beaver

18 minutes ago
North American beaver
Ryan Hodnett [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The North American Beaver was once driven to near-extinction.

The House Finch

Mar 30, 2020
A male house finch
John Beson [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s.

We’ve talked a good bit about how Clemson can help women get up to speed with timber property management but don’t think that’s in anyway all Clemson’s doing. If you search Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife Management Resources, you’ll see a variety of programs related to the forestry industry which has a 21 billion dollar impact on our state’s economy and provides close to 100,000 jobs.

Wheel Bug Eggs

Mar 27, 2020
The egg mass and some newly hatched wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus).
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Wheel bugs prey on caterpillars and beetles, such as Japanese beetles, the cabbage worm, orange dogs, tent caterpillars, and the Mexican bean beetle, all of which they pierce with their beak to inject salivary fluids that dissolve soft tissue.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. There’re many benefits to owning timberlands besides the income from harvesting your trees. Some families enjoy hunting or while others gain income by leasing hunting rights to others. Wildlife ecology goes along with hunting in some cases when owners plant food crops and conduct prescribed burns.

Driving across our state we’ve all seen places where invasive species have overwhelmed our woodlands. In the upstate, kudzu or English ivy are most likely the culprits.  In some Midlands forests, trees are completely engulfed by Asian wisteria – still sold and planted to this very day. One of the recent workshops offered by Clemson Extension at its Women Owning Woodlands events was options on controlling these plants that diminish the financial value of timberland and severely impact the environmental value of these tracts of land.

Across the United States, 30 percent of our timberlands or forests, is owned by the federal government. Ten percent is owned by local and state governments. Sixty percent is privately owned. But in South Carolina the amount privately owned is a whopping 85%! Providing education to these land owners is a critical responsibility of two state agencies -- Clemson Extension and the South Carolina Forestry Commission, aided by many highly trained private managers. Both entities offer trainings and learning opportunities to individuals.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Mar 24, 2020
Eastern hognose snake
John Brantmeier [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

The defensive behavior of this non-venomous snake makes it seem a threat to humans. It is not.

Red Winged Blackbird

Mar 23, 2020
A Red-Winged Blackbird
Curt Hart [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North America and much of Central America.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Janet Steele is a regional Clemson Extension forestry agent based in Orangeburg. She came to Sumter recently to tell us about new program she, Clemson Forester David Coyle and others are offering. In South Carolina eighty-five percent of woodlands are privately owned by companies or families. Eighty percent of married women outlive their husbands.

Spring Peepers

Mar 20, 2020
Spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small chorus frog widespread throughout the eastern United States and Canada. They are so called because of their chirping call that marks the beginning of spring.

Happy Vernal Equinox

Mar 19, 2020
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

It's the first day of spring!

Hooded Merganser

Mar 18, 2020
A hooded merganser
Ellen & Tony [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A Lowcountry resident spots some "duck-like" birds on a small pond...

Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talks with Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife Agent Janet Steele about the importance of the forestry industry and also about some educational programs targeting women forest landowners.

  

Mystery Feather

Mar 17, 2020
A black vulture
Tony Hisgett [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a feather on the street in Oconee County...

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