Birds of Ocracoke: The Savannah Sparrow

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By Peter Vankevich The Savannah Sparrow  (Passerculus sandwichensis) is one of the most common sparrows throughout much of North America, but on Ocracoke, it is only...

Islands off Portsmouth: Shadows of their former selves

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Three of the islands off Portsmouth Island have seen better days. Once large enough to support human presence, these days...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Great Horned Owl

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N.C. Press Association first place award for spot photograph, 2017. By Peter Vankevich Editor's note: To read about the famous Snowy Owls that visited Ocracoke for...
A rare Trumpeter Swan photographed on Ocracoke, NC, March 18, 2018, by Peter Vankevich

Rare Trumpeter Swan spotted on Ocracoke

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For an update on the Trumpeter Swan on Ocracoke, click here Text and photos by Peter Vankevich  Ocracoke has another rare avian visitor this winter,...

Sharks: a natural part of the marine ecosystem

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  By Connie Leinbach While there are plenty of sharks in the waters off the coast of Ocracoke and in the Pamlico Sound, they aren’t out...

Red knots and horseshoe crabs: ancient connections, modern peril

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By D. Creeksong One flies to the ends of the earth each year; the other, hatched from an egg barely larger than a grain of...

The history of figs on Ocracoke

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Originally published August 2011 By Gael Hawkins August visitors to Oc­racoke are privileged to experience an annual island tradition-the harvesting of Ocracoke figs. For the...

Spotted on Ocracoke: The Lion’s Mane

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September 2010 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich Two years ago or so, I featured in this column the Cannonball Jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris) that had been...

Spotted: The ghosts of Ocracoke

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An earlier version of this article appeared in the July 2008 Ocracoke Observer.  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich No, this is probably not one of...

Spotted on Ocracoke: The Great Black-backed Gull

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Spotted on Ocracoke: The Great Black-backed Gull  April 2011 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich Most of the year –less so in late spring to midsummer-...