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...

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...

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...

Glass lizards: shy island denizens

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By D. Creeksong Repeat visitors to the island are amazed upon discovery of this simple fact: until you truly park your vehicle, and walk or...

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’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...

Dragonflies: Shimmering jewels of marsh and sky

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By D. Creeksong Almost anywhere on Ocracoke in late summer you will notice buzzing bevies of brilliantly-colored dragonflies. Vibrant oranges and reds, lemon yellows with...

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...

Ocracoke public enemies: Mosquitoes, ticks and green heads

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Editor's note: The Ocracoke Mosquito Control Board will meet at 6 p.m. today (Aug. 25) in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept. meeting room. Open to the public and press. By...

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...