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...

Christmas Bird Counts for Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands set

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: The dates for the bird counts have been changed from original posting: They...

Rare queen butterfly visits the Ocracoke Observer

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By Peter Vankevich The Ocracoke Observer newsroom has received its share of interesting visitors. Located on a dirt road near the lighthouse, it overlooks one...

Ocracoke’s frogs love a summer evening rainstorm

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By Peter Vankevich Photos by Jeff Beane After spring and summer rains on Ocracoke, the nighttime frog symphony begins. This phenomenon was noted in the May...