Surveying waterbirds during a pandemic

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Peter Vankevich Well-conducted bird surveys help scientists learn if bird species in an area...

Ocracoke and Sable islands: Kindred spirits with shipwrecks, horses and a...

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: While preparing a Birds of Ocracoke profile on the Savannah  “Ipswich” Sparrow, a...

Death of a Royal Tern

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By Peter VankevichComing across a dead wild animal is not fun. But death is part of nature. In the case of birds, a small...

A rare White-winged Tern’s surprise visit to the Outer Banks

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Text by Peter Vankevich Photos by Hal Broadfoot The Outer Banks is famous for its bird life. Over the years, about 400 species have been sighted....

Birds of Ocracoke: the Red Knot

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By Peter Vankevich The number of shorebirds that winter along the beach on Ocracoke varies from year to year. Some years, Red Knots can be seen...

Spotted: The ghosts of Ocracoke

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An earlier version of this article appeared in the July 2008 Ocracoke Observer.  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich No, this is probably not one of...

Replanting the island to save Ocracoke for the future

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By Pat Garber When Hurricane Dorian devastated Ocracoke, flooding houses and cars and destroying yards, the number of trees that uprooted and broke was mind-boggling. The...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Savannah Sparrow

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By Peter Vankevich The Savannah Sparrow  (Passerculus sandwichensis) is one of the most common sparrows throughout much of North America, but on Ocracoke, it is only...

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...