Bowfins
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by Rudy Mancke
5d ago
The bowfin (Amia calva) is a bony fish, native to North America. Common names include mudfish, mud pike, dogfish, grindle, grinnel, swamp trout, and choupique. It is regarded as a relict, being the sole surviving species of the Halecomorphi, a group of fish that first appeared during the Early Triassic, around 250 million years ago ..read more
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Evening grosbeaks
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by Rudy Mancke
5d ago
The evening grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertina) is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae found in North America ..read more
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American beech trees in the fall
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by Rudy Mancke
1w ago
Fagus grandifolia, the American beech or North American beech, is a species of beech tree native to the eastern United States and extreme southeast of Canada ..read more
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Flower in the crannied wall
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by Rudy Mancke
1w ago
Rudy shares Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Flower in the crannied wall ..read more
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Turkey vultures
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by Rudy Mancke
1w ago
The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes of the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts ..read more
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Anhinga
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by Rudy Mancke
1w ago
The anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called snakebird, darter, American darter, or water turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. The word anhinga comes from a'ñinga in the Brazilian Tupi language and means "devil bird" or "snake bird". The origin of the name is apparent when swimming: only the neck appears above water so the bird looks like a snake ready to strike ..read more
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Frost flowers
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by Rudy Mancke
1w ago
A frost flower or ice flower is formed when thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into "petals" that resemble flowers ..read more
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Birds out of place
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by Rudy Mancke
2w ago
A long time bird watcher reports a white-crowned sparrow sighting, but not in a region of South Carolina where one might usually find it ..read more
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Foxfire
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by Rudy Mancke
2w ago
Foxfire, also called fairy fire and chimpanzee fire, is the bioluminescence created by some species of fungi present in decaying wood. The bluish-green glow is attributed to a luciferase, an oxidative enzyme, which emits light as it reacts with a luciferin. The phenomenon has been known since ancient times, with its source determined in 1823 ..read more
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Wintering birds
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by Rudy Mancke
2w ago
Rudy shares a list of birds that he sighted in his backyard during the Christmas cold snap ..read more
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