Death of a Royal Tern

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A Royal Tern. Note band on left leg. Photo: P. Vankevich By Peter VankevichComing across a dead wild...

A rare White-winged Tern’s surprise visit to the Outer Banks

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Text by Peter Vankevich Photos by Hal Broadfoot The Outer Banks is famous for its bird life. Over the years, about 400 species have been sighted....

Birds of Ocracoke: the Red Knot

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By Peter Vankevich The number of shorebirds that winter along the beach on Ocracoke varies from year to year. Some years, Red Knots can be seen...

Spotted: The ghosts of Ocracoke

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An earlier version of this article appeared in the July 2008 Ocracoke Observer.  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich No, this is probably not one of...

Replanting the island to save Ocracoke for the future

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By Pat Garber When Hurricane Dorian devastated Ocracoke, flooding houses and cars and destroying yards, the number of trees that uprooted and broke was mind-boggling. The...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Savannah Sparrow

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By Peter Vankevich The Savannah Sparrow  (Passerculus sandwichensis) is one of the most common sparrows throughout much of North America, but on Ocracoke, it is only...

Cold-stunned sea turtles rescued on Ocracoke

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By Peter Vankevich Jan. 27, 2020 The recent cold weather affected many sea turtles that are still in the waters surrounding the Outer Banks. The Island Free...

Springer’s Point Preserve re-opens after Hurricane Dorian

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To read a photo essay on Springer's Point, click here From the Coastal Land Trust Although the Coastal Land Trust’s Springer’s Point Preserve reopened to the...

Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count post-Hurricane Dorian

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To see the news stories produced by WCTI-TV, click here and here. By Peter Vankevich It takes about a half-hour by boat from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake harbor...

The many atmospheric moods of Springer’s Point

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Springer’s Point Preserve, located at the edge of Ocracoke village, has more than 120 acres of maritime forest, tidal...