Birds of Ocracoke: summer nesting successes, rare fall bird sightings

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By Peter Vankevich The Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts will be on Dec. 30 and 31. Those wishing to participate should contact the...

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....

They’re Back! Snowy Owls return to North Carolina

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For Ocracoke news, click here  For more information on Snowy Owls, click here  By Peter Vankevich “Ahoy! Hast thou seen the great white owl?" So cried the...

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,...

How an albatross got to Portsmouth Island

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For Ocracoke news, click here. By Peter Vankevich Visitors to Portsmouth Island may notice a photograph in the school exhibit of a teacher and two students...

North Carolina Bird Atlas will help prioritize conservation efforts

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By Peter Vankevich North Carolina will finally have its own comprehensive bird atlas, a project that will rely on many contributors such as recent college...

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...

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...

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...

Birders to flock to Outer Banks for Wings Over Water

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Editor's note: The Portsmouth Island field trip is full, Ocracoke has three openings as of yesterday (Sept. 14).  Since its beginning 20 years ago, the Wings...