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...

Shell identification on Ocracoke, N.C., beaches

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here The images below were created by John Timmerman of the North Carolina Shell Club to help beachcombers...

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...

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...

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,...

Death of a Royal Tern

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By Peter VankevichComing across a dead wild animal is not fun. But death is part of nature. In the case of birds, a small...

A Snowy Owl’s brief return to Ocracoke this winter

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To read more about the birds of Ocracoke Island, click here. Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich This winter, Ocracoke did not get the Arctic...

Observed on Ocracoke: The Fiddler Crab

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  Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich   In the late summer and early fall of the year when walking along the marshes such as Molasses Creek...

They’re Back! Snowy Owls return to North Carolina

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For Ocracoke news, click here  For more information on Snowy Owls, click here  By Peter Vankevich “Ahoy! Hast thou seen the great white owl?" So cried the...