Nature

Mystery Bird's Nest

August 16, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

The Blue-Gray Gnat Catcher lives here in the warmer months. They build nests of spider silk or caterpillar silk, and cover them with lichens.

Dall Sheep

August 15, 2018 - Posted in Expeditions by Patrick McMillan
Dall Sheep

The dall sheep, a species native to Alaska, has specialized survival strategies depending on the time of the year, as Naturalist Patrick McMillan explains. Expeditions with Patrick McMillan is presented nationally by South Carolina ETV through American Public Television (...

"Sunburned" Vegetables and Fruits

August 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . My new sunscreen has zinc oxide in it; it actually forms a physical barrier to protect my skin from sunburn. Believe it or not, sunburn is a serious issue for many fruits and vegetables, too...

Birch Tundra

August 8, 2018 - Posted in Expeditions by Patrick McMillan
Birch Tundra

The tundra of Alaska lacks trees, but doesn’t lack other woody plant species, as Naturalist Patrick McMillan explains. Expeditions with Patrick McMillan is presented nationally by South Carolina ETV through American Public Television (APT).

Keeping That Yard Under Control

August 8, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . My two- and-a half acre yard is getting to be more than I can handle. When we moved here, thirty-three years ago, most of it was an old field, with just two large beds of camellias and an island...

Big Bend Tree Lizard

August 2, 2018 - Posted in Expeditions by Patrick McMillan
Big Bend Tree Lizard

While travelling through the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, Naturalist Patrick McMillan encounters a small friendly lizard with unique traits. Expeditions with Patrick McMillan is presented nationally by South Carolina ETV through American Public Television (APT).

Atlantic White Cedar and Burk's Pitcher Plants

August 1, 2018 - Posted in Expeditions by Patrick McMillan
 Burk's Pitcher Plants

Patrick revisits Apalachicola National Forest, and discusses the Atlantic White Cedar, which is unusually placed here since they are more prominent up in the Northern U.S. Northern Pitcher Plants, and Burk’s Pitcher Plants, several species of carnivorous plant, are found...

Florida Cottonmouth

July 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus.

This subspecies is not as common as the Eastern Cottonmouth, which is widespread on the Coastal Plain.

Best Practices for Planting a Tree

July 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Mulching trees is the best thing you can after you’ve planted them properly; some research shows it can double the rate of growth for newly established trees. A good tip when mulching trees is...

Mississippi Kite in South Carolina

July 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) - Carolina Raptor Center at Huntersville, North Carolina

These birds are more common inland than they use to be.

Using Beautyberry in Floral Arrangements

July 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Making It Grow Minute

Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . For many years Ruthie Lacey and I decorated for parties. I was charged with bringing stuff you couldn't order, things gathered from the wild that added more variety and...

A "Mermaid's Bracelet"

July 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A tube from a polychaete worm, most likely a Plumed Worm, Diopatra cuprea.

A family finds an object in a tidal pool which one of the children dubs a "mermaid's bracelet." It's actually a tube extending from a Plumed Worm, or Diopatra cuprea, beneath the sand.

Fox Squirrel

July 10, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Eastern Fox Squirrel.

A listener spots an odd looking squirrel in Santee...

Owl Pellets

July 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An owl pellet.

Owl pellets, like the one a listener found, contain the remains of the animals the owl "recycles."

The Rat Snake and the Squirrel

July 4, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Black Rat Snake.

A listener finds a Black Rat snake making a meal of a squirrel. Rat Snakes are powerful constrictors and feed on small mammals.

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