Released balloons: the scourge of the beach and seas 

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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...

Shell identification on Ocracoke, N.C., beaches

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The images below were created by John Tinnerman of the North Carolina Shell Club to help beachcombers identify the shells found on Ocracoke beaches,...

They’re Back! Snowy Owls return to North Carolina

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For Ocracoke news, click here  For more information on Snowy Owls, click here  By Peter Vankevich “Ahoy! Hast thou seen the great white owl?" So cried the...

A Snowy Owl’s brief return to Ocracoke this winter

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To read more about the birds of Ocracoke Island, click here. Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich This winter, Ocracoke did not get the Arctic...

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...

Glass lizards: shy island denizens

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By D. Creeksong Repeat visitors to the island are amazed upon discovery of this simple fact: until you truly park your vehicle, and walk or...

The history of figs on Ocracoke

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Originally published August 2011 By Gael Hawkins August visitors to Oc­racoke are privileged to experience an annual island tradition-the harvesting of Ocracoke figs. For the...

Ocracoke’s seldom seen but much esteemed Atlantic ribbed mussels

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By Pat Garber Hidden among the roots and stems of Spartina Alterniflora (cordgrass) in Ocracoke's marshes live clusters of a little-known bivalve. Atlantic ribbed mussels (Gaukensia...

Observed on Ocracoke: The Fiddler Crab

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  Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich   In the late summer and early fall of the year when walking along the marshes such as Molasses Creek...

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....