20 episodes

Each weekday naturalist Rudy Mancke, former host of SCETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.Click here to contact Rudy Mancke by email.

NatureNotes Rudy Mancke

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Each weekday naturalist Rudy Mancke, former host of SCETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.Click here to contact Rudy Mancke by email.

    Groundhogs are expanding their range in SC

    Groundhogs are expanding their range in SC

    The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. The groundhog is a lowland creature of North America; it is found through much of the Eastern United States, across Canada and into Alaska. It was first scientifically described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.

    • 1 min
    Keeping a cocoon

    Keeping a cocoon

    A listener wants to know how to properly keep a cocoon until a moth emerges.

    • 1 min
    Happy Arbor Day!

    Happy Arbor Day!

    The first American Arbor Day was originated by J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City, Nebraska, at an annual meeting of the Nebraska State board of agriculture held in Lincoln. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut was responsible for globalizing the idea when he visited Japan in 1883 and delivered his Arbor Day and Village Improvement message. In that same year, the American Forestry Association made Northrop the Chairman of the committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide. He also brought his enthusiasm for Arbor Day to Australia, Canada, and Europe.

    • 1 min
    Byozoan colonies

    Byozoan colonies

    Bryozoa (also known as the Polyzoa, Ectoprocta or commonly as moss animals) are a phylum of simple, aquatic invertebrate animals, nearly all living in sedentary colonies. Typically about 0.5 millimetres (1⁄64 in) long, they have a special feeding structure called a lophophore, a "crown" of tentacles used for filter feeding. Most marine bryozoans live in tropical waters, but a few are found in oceanic trenches and polar waters. The bryozoans are classified as the marine bryozoans (Stenolaemata), freshwater bryozoans (Phylactolaemata), and mostly-marine bryozoans (Gymnolaemata), a few members of which prefer brackish water. 5,869 living species are known.

    • 1 min
    Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle

    Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle

    The Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera aspera), a subspecies in the Trionychidae family of softshell turtles, is endemic to the south-eastern United States. These turtles are found along the Gulf of Mexico from North Carolina to Mississippi. They live in temperate climates in freshwater biomes.

    • 1 min
    Golden silk spider

    Golden silk spider

    Trichonephila clavipes (formerly known as Nephila clavipes), commonly known as the golden silk orb-weaver, golden silk spider, or banana spider (a name shared with several others), is an orb-weaving spider species which inhabits forests and wooded areas ranging from the southern US to Argentina.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

jhror14 ,

Short but sweet

I love learning more about the natural world and this podcast packs a whole lot into such a short timeframe. It’s amazing how much Rudy can share in a minute, yet he doesn’t sound rushed. I love his personality scattered in through the the awesome facts. I’m not even in SC, I’m in Maryland, but I still listen daily. Would highly recommend!

Pee Dee Lou ,

Rudy is Carolina Gold

Though brief, this is always a must listen and an enjoyable part of my day. I was raised on NatureScene and always enjoy hearing Rudy talk about the flora & fauna of South Carolina.

RKnight36 ,

The best

Both Rudy and nature notes are the absolute best. I’m a USC grad and Columbia resident, and have known of and listed to Mr Mancke since I was small. I tune in every single morning and is an excellent way to start my day with something positive. Thanks Rudy and thanks to SCETV for an excellent product.

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