Cold-stunned sea turtles rescued on Ocracoke

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By Peter Vankevich Jan. 27, 2020 The recent cold weather affected many sea turtles that are still in the waters surrounding the Outer Banks. The Island Free...

Springer’s Point Preserve re-opens after Hurricane Dorian

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To read a photo essay on Springer's Point, click here From the Coastal Land Trust Although the Coastal Land Trust’s Springer’s Point Preserve reopened to the...

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...

The many atmospheric moods of Springer’s Point

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Springer’s Point Preserve, located at the edge of Ocracoke village, has more than 120 acres of maritime forest, tidal...

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...

Rare queen butterfly visits the Ocracoke Observer

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By Peter Vankevich The Ocracoke Observer newsroom has received its share of interesting visitors. Located on a dirt road near the lighthouse, it overlooks one...

Birds of Ocracoke: Gulls in the ‘hood – or maybe not

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Laughing Gull in alternate or also called breeding plumage Laughing Gull in basic plumage, from late...

Ocracoke’s frogs love a summer evening rainstorm

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By Peter Vankevich Photos by Jeff Beane After spring and summer rains on Ocracoke, the nighttime frog symphony begins. This phenomenon was noted in the May...

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...