Birds of Ocracoke: Cooper’s Hawk

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To read more profiles on the Birds of Ocracoke, click here By Peter Vankevich From fall into winter is the best time to see hawks...

Fiddlers in the sand

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich From mid-to-late summer into early fall when walking Ocracoke Island’s sandy trails and along sound-side areas such as Molasses...

Spotted on Ocracoke: The cannonball jellyfish

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To read more Ocracoke nature articles, click here By Peter Vankevich In the last few weeks someone walking along Ocracoke’s beaches, especially at Springer’s...

Rescued Bald Eagle had lead poisoning

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Rita Thiel Bald Eagles are exciting to see but one of these visitors on...

Ask the Observer: Which jellyfish or jelly?

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From Greg Klein This photo was taken at Springer’s Point. I think it is a jellyfish, but I am not sure. There were a few...

Sonya Allen: Communicating through art

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By Peter Vankevich For many people, creating art is therapeutic, a nice respite from the many demands and challenges of daily life. What is depicted...

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...

The five sea turtles of the Outer Banks

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This is a supplement to an earlier feature on the nesting success of sea turtles. By Peter Vankevich Worldwide, there are only seven species of...

Birds of Ocracoke: The American Bittern, a solitary soul

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By Peter Vankevich The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is one of the more interesting avian fall/winter visitors to Ocracoke. A member of the heron family,...

Birds of Ocracoke:  The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke is a pretty good island to see a family of wading birds known as herons, egrets and bitterns. Twelve species are...