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...

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....