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...

Sharks in North Carolina: Reduce your risk of an encounter

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Republished courtesy of North Carolina Sea Grant  By Katelyn Vause Many people are surprised to learn that “North Carolina is a very sharky place,” notes Chuck...

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...

The road to Devil Shoals is paved with…

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Editor's note: The Ocracoke Preservation Society has a wonderful shell collection. For details from an earlier story, click here. By Peter Vankevich One access road to...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Redhead

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By Peter Vankevich In the long waterfowl tradition of Ocracoke, perhaps the most endearing species for hunters, decoy carvers and bird lovers is the duck...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Hooded Merganser

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Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a species as the most handsome duck in America, I would choose this one....

Birds of Ocracoke: The Bufflehead

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By Peter Vankevich Here’s a quiz question. What do ducks and woodpeckers have in common? Read on.  In the waters of Ocracoke one can see North America's...

Second turtle stranding training session set for Friday

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For Ocracoke news, click here. The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) will hold another training session at 11:30 a.m. Friday, February 1, in the...

Volunteers find cold-stunned turtles on Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here Severe cold weather is forecast for Sunday night through Tuesday By Connie Leinbach Pat Garber and an assistant...

Portsmouth Island on the last day of 2018

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By Peter Vankevich The Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count took place on Dec. 31 and 69 species were tallied. To read more on that count, click...