Nature

It's Bird Migration Time

May 10, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Summer Tanager.

Whether passing through or nesting here for the summer, there are lots of species returning to South Carolina right now.

Metallic Wood-Boring Beetles

May 9, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle.

A Dorchester listener, walking in the park, spots an interesting insect...

Butterflies Are Out!

May 8, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.

Monarchs, Zebra Swallow Tails, Black Swallows, and many more are out.

The South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center

May 7, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Sea Turtle

When a sea turtle is found stranded or injured, SCDNR brings the animal to the Sea Turtle Care Center for treatment. Sea turtles arrive most commonly suffering from debilitated turtle syndrome, shock from being exposed to cold temperatures, or injury from a boat strike or...

The Sora

May 3, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
The Sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird, sometimes also referred to as the Sora Rail or Sora Crake.

This species is found around fresh water marshes and flooded fields.

City Planners Unwittingly Create a Haven for Gall Damage

April 27, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . History is filled with examples of municipalities choosing a favorite species for their main street trees to devastating results. Central Park In the early 1980’s was losing more than 100 elms...

Galls Used in Making Ink

April 25, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . While reading about galls, I found a reference to iron gall ink being used in ancient documents. One of the four copies of the Magna Carta, the one at the Lincoln Cathedral in England, is...

Grass Carp

April 25, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Grass Carp.

These fish are a non-native species.

Fighting Spot Anthracnose in Dogwoods

April 20, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The dreaded Dogwood anthracnose, Discula distructiva, is a death knoll for that loveliest of native trees. There is another disease called spot anthracnose caused by a different fungus that...

Double-Crested Cormorants

April 18, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Cormorant fishing the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.

You may see large numbers of these birds hunting for fish this time of year.

College of Charleston Professor Works to Save Coral Reefs

April 17, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Coral polyps on Molasses Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

People picture coral reefs as bursting with color and teeming with a variety of undersea life, which many are. But their number is shrinking, says College of Charleston biologist Phil Dustan, because they are hyper-sensitive to temperature changes, and climate change is...

Coyote or Red Wolf?

April 17, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A red wolf at the Land Between the Lakes recreation area in Kentucky.

A sighting by a listener raises a question of identity.

A Black Squirrel?

April 16, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

Credit SC Public Radio The Fox Squirrel is larger than the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Both varieties can produce black, or melanistic, offspring.

Is it a Water Moccasin?

April 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Banded Water Snake

A couple spotted a snake sunning in Francis Beidler Forest...

The Luna Moth

April 11, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Luna Moth - Actias luna.

There are two broods of Luna Moth each year in South Carolina.

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