Beachcombing on Ocracoke and Portsmouth Islands

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Beachcombing on Ocracoke and Portsmouth Islands by Pat Garber (June 2013) Legend has it that Black¬beard the Pirate buried his treasure on the island of Ocracoke, and...

Ask the Observer: Shark vertebra found on the beach

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  By Peter Vankevich Photos provided by Lisa Day Eiland Dear Observer: While visiting Ocracoke last weekend, I came across two interesting objects. This one was found...

The Pelican Family

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                                   By Morgan McBride (age 10) We arrived at our...

From the archives: To view a mockingbird

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With the announcement that a second  novel by author Harper Lee, "Go Set a Watchman," will  be published this year, we  are digging out...

Nature’s pollinators: Honey bees on Ocracoke

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For Ocracoke news, click here. By Peter Vankevich  Imagine a world without fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers. These plants rely on pollination to thrive, and honey bees...

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...

Observed on Ocracoke: The Black Skimmer

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Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich The North Carolina coastline is home to about 25 species of colonial nesting water birds. Along the Ocracoke beach...

Cape Hatteras National Seashore to offer sea turtle nest excavation programs

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea...

Christmas Bird Counts for Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands set

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: The dates for the bird counts have been changed from original posting: They...

A search for answers in rare whale’s death

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Editor's note: For a story about the beached Gervais’ beaked whale published earlier this year by the Ocracoke Observer, click here. The following update by...