Spotted on Ocracoke: The cannonball jellyfish

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A cannonball jellyfish off Springer's Point on Ocracoke. Photo: P. Vankevich To read more Ocracoke nature articles,...

Birds of Ocracoke: Cooper’s Hawk

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A Cooper's Hawk on Ocracoke Island. Photo: P. Vankevich To read more profiles on the Birds...

Ocracoke’s seldom seen but much esteemed Atlantic ribbed mussels

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Ribbed mussels drawing by Pat Garber. By Pat Garber Hidden among the roots and stems...

Surveying waterbirds during a pandemic

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Royal Terns nest in large numbers near Ocracoke. Photo: P. Vankevich To catch up on Ocracoke news...

Ocracoke and Sable islands: Kindred spirits with shipwrecks, horses and a...

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A few of the approximately 500 feral horses on Sable Island. The first horses were released on the island in...

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...