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What's in a name?

Yellow flies swarmed just outside the windows of my truck. When I stopped the truck, I sat for a moment or two until they seemed to lose interest and drifted away. They are vicious biters but are slow to react and are easily swatted … more

Fishing with Uncle Robbie

My Daddy and all his brothers were hunters and fishermen. They grew up during the Great Depression when life on the farm was tough. Hunting and fishing helped put food on the table. There wasn't any such thing as "catch-and-release" fishing back … more

Mosquito-borne viruses emerge in spring as a threat to S.C. horses

COLUMBIA - A five-milligram mosquito can slay a 1,000-pound horse in a matter of days. All it needs is the right virus. But with your help, the horse can survive the attack. All you need is the right vaccine - at the right time. Now's the … more

Angelique: One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I'll miss her when she leaves and will look forward to her return next spring. She has proven to be one of the prettiest tulips. To describe her petals merely as … more

Ancient treasures

I rubbed the dirt off with my fingers and marveled at the markings. The design was vaguely familiar, yet different somehow. It was a negative, or reverse image, of something that I just couldn't figure out. Then it hit me - corn! It looked like … more

Cow calling, baby deer and gun rights

The forest here is like a cathedral, with towering hardwoods that rise into the mist of an early morning. I was sitting in the edge of the woods, at the base of a giant pine, just a few yards from the pasture fence. I could see cows scattered across … more

New size limits and dates are in place for Santee striped bass

Recent changes to state law will extend the period during which striped bass caught in the Santee River system can be kept. The law changes also include additional size/slot requirements for keeper fish. Anglers planning to fish for striped bass … more

S.C. has largest number of wintering orioles for 4th year in a row

Long known for its hospitality to visiting Northerners, South Carolina can now claim to be the state where Baltimore orioles feel most at home during the winter. For the fourth year in a row, South Carolina had the largest number of orioles … more

Spruce up your pool landscaping with some smart choices

Landscaping around an outdoor swimming pool requires no-muss, no-fuss plant selections. The pool can be a flowery focal point, but don't open it to litter from leaves and limbs. "Both in- and above-ground pools offer unique design challenges and … more

The making of a poacher

"Mr. Dan, they took my daddy's deer," the little blond-headed boy said. He was only six or seven years old. Too young and innocent to know that he was probably telling me something that his daddy would have liked to be kept quiet. "Who took your … more

Clemson Extension redesigns website for mobile users

CLEMSON - Fourteen-and-a-half years is a long time to spend surfing a website that doesn't have photos of babies or videos of cats acting obnoxiously cute. But that's the total time home gardeners spent on Clemson Extension's Home and Garden … more

Where the wild things live

When I stepped out of the truck it was dark, and I stood there for a few moments to let my eyes adjust to the woods around me. I quickly realized that I could see good enough to walk the old logging road without using a flashlight. Whippoorwills … more

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood. For … more

Curious about bats? Try S.C. Bat Watch

Are you curious about bats? Do you have a bat box or know of a bat roost you're interested in monitoring? Then become a part of S.C. Bat Watch. This citizen science project counts emerging bats from maternity roosts twice each summer. Anyone is … more
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