Snowy Owl returns to Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: If you search for this owl, keep a distance so as not to...

Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts take place despite pandemic

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By Peter Vankevich Conducting outdoor bird censuses at the end of December can be a challenge, normally due to the specter of horrible weather....

Surveying waterbirds during a pandemic

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Peter Vankevich Well-conducted bird surveys help scientists learn if bird species in an area...

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 rare White-winged Tern’s surprise visit to the Outer Banks

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Text by Peter Vankevich Photos by Hal Broadfoot The Outer Banks is famous for its bird life. Over the years, about 400 species have been sighted....

Birds of Ocracoke: the Red Knot

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By Peter Vankevich The number of shorebirds that winter along the beach on Ocracoke varies from year to year. Some years, Red Knots can be seen...

Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count post-Hurricane Dorian

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To see the news stories produced by WCTI-TV, click here and here. By Peter Vankevich It takes about a half-hour by boat from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake harbor...

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...

Summer Ocracoke beauties: Black Skimmers

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By Peter Vankevich Among the many reasons to visit Ocracoke is that most of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and...

NPS Friday bird walks move to new location

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By Peter Vankevich The National Park Service for years has run a Friday morning bird walk at 8:30 at the north end of Ocracoke Island...