Whither the Ocracoke ponies?

Ocracoke ponies

Birds of Ocracoke: The Least Tern, resilient and feisty

Sometimes called a sea swallow, the Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) has a graceful, fast, buoyant flight pattern with rapid wing beats.

Released balloons: the scourge of the beach and seas 

This is the first of a series of stories regarding the ecological and economic harm of marine debris. By Peter Vankevich and Caroline Branan The magnitude...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee, a strikingly handsome bird that — good looks notwithstanding, is perhaps more noted for its many vocalizations.

The atmospheric moods of Springer’s Point

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...

Celebration for Springer’s Point Preserve set for May 27

From our news services In 2002, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, with the support of many individuals and organizations, purchased 42 acres at Springer’s...

An island home companion

Ocracoke does not have many nesting warbler species. One of these is the Prairie Warbler, an early arrival. Males, like the one above, are...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Northern Pintail

Northward, ever northward, clearly indicated on the distant sky, points the long slim figure of the pintail, in the vanguard of the spring migration,...

N.C. Shell Club to meet here March 18 and 19

After a two-year hiatus owing to damage from Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the North Carolina Shell...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Blue Jay

Text and photos by Peter Vankevich It can be surprising that some bird species, which are common and easily seen on the mainland of North...