Ocracoke Island and other areas of the Outer Banks have seen encouraging numbers of red knots passing through on their marathon migration during the past few springs, a good sign for the shorebird species’ recovery.
Hurricane Dorian, which struck the North Carolina coast a year ago this weekend, was a game-changer for Ocracoke Island, creating a new normal.
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Peter Vankevich, co-publisher of the Ocracoke Observer, recounts finding a deceased royal tern at Springer’s Point and learning something unusual about the banded bird through the Bird Banding Laboratory in Patuxent, Maryland.
Hyde County Manager Kris Noble said that the county has begun work on how to safely reopen the county amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and state’s stay-at-home order.
Ocracoke Health Center on Back Road, which sustained damage from Hurricane Dorian in September, recently reopened, a significant step in the village’s recovery.
Ocracoke Observer’s Peter Vankevich, birders and National Park Service staff made their way to Portsmouth village to identify and count birds for Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
Lilly Anderson, daughter of Rusty and Kim Anderson of Morehead City, recently set up a lemonade stand to raise money for Ocracoke’s damaged school, hauling in more than $8,700.
Music trio Craicdown and the Carolina Theatre in Durham are presenting a benefit concert Oct. 14 to support the Ocracoke community still recovering from the destruction Hurricane Dorian wrought Sept. 6 on the remote island.
Dan Robinson will put his lifelong love of decoy carving on display at the second annual Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival Saturday in the Ocracoke School gym.
Ocracoke recently hosted for two months a rare avian visitor, the trumpeter swan. Peter Vankevich with the Ocracoke Observer shares observations and photos of the swan that hasn’t been spotted since May 2.
Peter Vankevich with the Ocracoke Observer fills readers in on the habits of snow buntings, migratory birds most likely to be seen on the upper Outer Banks from late October into March.
Dave Frum, the National Park Service’s part-time caretaker of Portsmouth Village for the last 28 years, has retired.