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Some of the things you can do when visiting Ocracoke; activities on Ocracoke Island, NC.

North Carolina Bird Atlas will help prioritize conservation efforts

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By Peter Vankevich North Carolina will finally have its own comprehensive bird atlas, a project that will rely on many contributors such as recent college...

Ocracoke birding walk scheduled for Saturday; intro to the ‘NC Bird...

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A fall birding trek on Ocracoke is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 25) starting at 8:30 a.m. All who are interested are invited to meet at...

Moon festival to welcome fall on Ocracoke

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The Moonraker Tea Shop will celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival on Sept. 21, a full moon night. The shop will offer traditional Chinese moon cakes...

The truth about Blackbeard’s Flag

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The popular Blackbeard flag flown today was never Blackbeard’s flag, according to irrefutable evidence. If the notorious pirate captain saw it, he wouldn’t know whose it was. Likely, he would have thought the design to be unnecessarily elaborate.

A Gulf Stream quest for the big ones

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By Mike Lydick It’s 5:45 in the morning. The sky is gunmetal grey with ribbons of pink and orange and blue to the east of...

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree set for Oct. 29 & 30; scenes from...

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Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree will go on Oct. 29 and 30 but will not be at the 2018 level, which was the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise.

Independence Day activities on Ocracoke begin

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Observer staff report Independence Day festivities on Ocracoke kicked off Saturday with the island-wide scavenger hunt, which started at the Books to Be Red stage. July...

Ocracoke events June 21 to 27–updated

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Monday, June 21The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will convene a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, (June 21) to vote on three agenda...

Ocracoke events June 7 to 13

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Monday, June 7Hyde County Commissioners monthly meeting, 6 pm. In the Ocracoke Community Center and on Facebook at Hyde County Public Information. See story...

A spiritual endeavor: The art of drum fishing

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Text and photos by Michael Lydick It’s 10:30 at night, and I’m standing up to...