Bat boxes may help fight mosquitoes naturally

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Mosquitoes on Ocracoke are so important they have a board of directors. The amount of these pesky insects in the...

How an albatross got to Portsmouth Island

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For Ocracoke news, click here. By Peter Vankevich Visitors to Portsmouth Island may notice a photograph in the school exhibit of a teacher and two students...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Northern Gannet

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Morus bassanus By  Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a bird that represents the...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Red-breasted Nuthatch, an irruptive little fella

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Sitta canadensis By Peter Vankevich Starting in the early fall and into the early spring,...

Young birders join in local Christmas Bird Counts

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For Ocracoke news, click here By Connie Leinbach Jack Rogers, a high-school student from South Carolina, loves bird watching for the simple thrill of seeing something...

Christmas Bird Count here set for Dec. 30 and 31

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For Ocracoke news, click here. Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Ocracoke islanders live closely with wildlife, and birds are probably the island’s most visible fauna. At...

Red knots and horseshoe crabs: ancient connections, modern peril

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By D. Creeksong One flies to the ends of the earth each year; the other, hatched from an egg barely larger than a grain of...

Dragonflies: Shimmering jewels of marsh and sky

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By D. Creeksong Almost anywhere on Ocracoke in late summer you will notice buzzing bevies of brilliantly-colored dragonflies. Vibrant oranges and reds, lemon yellows with...

Nature’s pollinators: Honey bees on Ocracoke

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For Ocracoke news, click here. By Peter Vankevich  Imagine a world without fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers. These plants rely on pollination to thrive, and honey bees...

Waterspouts: Weather phenomena on land and sea

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Editor's note: With the stormy weather Monday night (Aug. 8), islanders received an alert around 8 p.m. to beware of a tornadic waterspout heading...