NatureNotes

"Snake Birds"

May 20, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Anhinga.

When the Anhinga is in the water, hunting, its head and neck is reminiscent of a swimming snake.

Giant Waterbug

April 29, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Lethocerus americanus, Giant Water Bug.

This insect is large enough to prey on small snakes and veterbrates, as well as invertebrates.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

April 26, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A female Red Bellied Woodpecker.

This speices is the largest of the woodpeckers you will find in South Carolina.

Mexican Free-tailed Bat

April 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke

This species is increasingly found in South Carolina.

Mystery on the Beach

April 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

A mix of organic materials washes up on the beach...

The Hawk on the Roof

April 11, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An adult Red-Tailed Hawk

A listener encounters a Red-Tailed Hawk on the roof of a building in downtown Charleston.

Inspired by Spring

April 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Rudy shares a poem of Spring.

Greenbrier

April 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

The thick, knotty, underground "stems" (rhizomes) of Greenbrier (Smilax) are tough. The vine is hard to elimnate, once it is established.

Bladderwort

April 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke

This carnivorous water plant traps tiny invertebrates with the bladders on its submerged leaves.

Anhinga Anhinga?

March 26, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Anhinga.

The scientific name of these "Water Turkeys" is Anhinga anhinga

Opossums

March 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Opossum.

The Opossum is the only marsupial in the U.S. and Canada. Though "Possum" is a coloquial name for these animals, the Possum is actually a distant, Australian relative.

The Fox Squirrel

March 21, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Eastern Fox Squirrel.

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

Happy Vernal Equinox!

March 20, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NatureNotes

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

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher Nests

March 19, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest.

These nests are held together with spider silk.

The Luna Moth

March 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Luna Moth - Actias luna.

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

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