Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count ends the year

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For more on the last day of 2018 on Portsmouth Island, click here  By Peter Vankevich For many of us, there is always a moment of...

Birds of Ocracoke: The (somewhat uncommon) Common Eider

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Winter on Ocracoke is a good time of the year to see rare birds. Most of them venture here...

Christmas Bird Counts scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31

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To see a listing and contact information for the Christmas Bird Counts in the Carolinas, click here  By Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Each year,...

Hyde County’s endangered red wolves

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By Pat Garber Hyde County is home to American red wolves, one of the most endangered species of animals on the planet. While they are...

OcraCats clinic helps control Ocracoke feral cat population

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here By Rita Thiel OcraCats Inc. held another successful spay/neuter clinic the first week in October. Veterinarians Dr. Howard Johnson,...

Pelicans in the Pamlico Sound: A tale of two islands

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By Peter Vankevich Brown Pelicans: From Beacon to Big Foot and back Two skiffs left Ocracoke in the early hot, windless morning of July 6 on...

Fiddlers in the sand

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich From mid-to-late summer into early fall when walking Ocracoke Island’s sandy trails and along sound-side areas such as Molasses...

On Ocracoke: Winged kings ready for flight

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By Rita Thiel This is the time of year when winged lepidopteras—butterflies—metamorphose and take flight. Among many species of butterflies that lay eggs and emerge on...

Indigo underwater eyes: Sea scallops

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By Pat Garber When you walk along the Ocracoke beach, you will come across the red-and-white shells of a creature known as the calico scallop. Although...

Sea turtle nest excavation a treat for beach-goers

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here The NPS public excavations hotline, 252-475-9629 By Connie Leinbach A chorus of “Aww!” went up through the crowd as...