Spotted on Ocracoke: A Snapping Turtle

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July 2013 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich There are several turtle species that can be observed on Ocracoke. In the spring, one of them which...

John Weske and his bands of terns

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Neither hot weather nor age stops John Weske, 81, from his passion—banding birds—work he has done since he was...

Spotted on Ocracoke: Peanuts! and the Blue Jay

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  August 2013 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich This month’s feature bird is a familiar but somewhat notori­ous Ocracoke resident. The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta crista­ta) is...

Spotted on Ocracoke:  The Gulf Fritillary

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Holiday  2013 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich I spent some time again hanging out on the dunes in early October (2013) waiting for Peregrine Falcons...

Shell identification on Ocracoke, N.C., beaches

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The images below were created by John Tinnerman of the North Carolina Shell Club to help beachcombers identify the shells found on Ocracoke beaches,...

Ocracoke birding walk scheduled for Saturday; intro to the ‘NC Bird...

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A fall birding trek on Ocracoke is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 25) starting at 8:30 a.m. All who are interested are invited to meet at...

Looking at both sides of wind power along the Outer Banks

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By Pat Garber As Outer Banks communities and citizens prepare to fight off-shore oil drilling proposals, clean energy advocates are gearing up to see wind...

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,...

Christmas Bird Counts scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31

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To see a listing and contact information for the Christmas Bird Counts in the Carolinas, click here  By Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Each year,...

Killdeers flock to Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke has many visitors that have arrived with the recent exteme cold and storm systems in...