A mighty mariner: The Great Shearwater

By Peter Vankevich When you talk about amazing animals, consider adding the Great Shearwater to the mix. They can fly between waves of 40 feet...

Sea turtles have another banner nesting year but beware of the...

By Peter Vankevich In the dark hours of May 4, a loggerhead sea turtle ventured out of her expansive ocean home and crawled onto the...

Make a walk in the woods on Ocracoke a forest bath

By Connie Leinbach Negative ions caused by crashing water can elevate our feeling of well-being, and so, apparently, can walking in the woods. A growing number...

Beach bird nesters have bad year, sea turtles faring well

An Oystercatcher parent and chick feed along Ocracoke beach. Photo by Amy Thompson Peter Vankevich The downward spiral in the spring nesting season on...

Sonya Allen: Communicating through art

By Peter Vankevich For many people, creating art is therapeutic, a nice respite from the many demands and challenges of daily life. What is depicted...

Whither the Ocracoke ponies?

Ocracoke ponies

Birds of Ocracoke: The Least Tern, resilient and feisty

Sometimes called a sea swallow, the Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) has a graceful, fast, buoyant flight pattern with rapid wing beats.

Released balloons: the scourge of the beach and seas 

This is the first of a series of stories regarding the ecological and economic harm of marine debris. By Peter Vankevich and Caroline Branan The magnitude...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee, a strikingly handsome bird that — good looks notwithstanding, is perhaps more noted for its many vocalizations.

The atmospheric moods of Springer’s Point

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...