Spotted on Ocracoke: A Snapping Turtle

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July 2013 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich There are several turtle species that can be observed on Ocracoke. In the spring, one of them which...

Beachcombing on Ocracoke and Portsmouth Islands

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Beachcombing on Ocracoke and Portsmouth Islands by Pat Garber (June 2013) Legend has it that Black¬beard the Pirate buried his treasure on the island of Ocracoke, and...

Spotted on Ocracoke: Whose burrow this is I think I know

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June 213 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich If you spend any amount of time walking on the beach of Ocracoke, you will have no doubt...

Invasive Phragmites; the Now Common, “Un-Common” Common Reed

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Invasive Phragmites; the Now Common, “Un-Common” Common Reed by Pat Garber Driving along the winding lanes that border marshlands in eastern North Carolina, one might...

Ocracoke’s unexpected visitor

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April 2013  by Pat Garber Ocracoke Island had an unexpected visi­tor on the afternoon of Monday, January 21. An­nounced by the pings from her tracking device,...

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...

Spotted On Ocracoke: A Great Shell Collection 

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich There are many reasons to visit the Ocracoke Preservation Society’s David Williams House Museum at 49 Water Plant Rd....

Spotted on Ocracoke: Gulls in the ‘ hood – or  maybe...

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September 2011 Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich  The Laughing Gull, Larus atricilla, is the most common black-hooded gull that can easily be seen along the coasts...

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...

Spotted On Ocracoke: The Hermit Crab

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  June 2011 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich I think this month’s feature is one of the more fascinat­ing creatures one may find on...