The 17,000-acre preserve in Brunswick County is home to numerous species of rare birds, alligators and carnivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap.
Roaming Ocracoke Inlet
A trip through the inlet feature sites of Civil War forts, Blackbeard’s lair, the deserted village of Portsmouth and baby pelicans on Beacon’s Island.
Take Climb Up a Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse is said to offer “one of most commanding views from an Outer Banks lighthouse.” Now, you can go up and take a look for yourself for the first time in the structure’s 141-year history.
Look for Revamped Magazine Soon
Ours is a breathtaking, water-loving land, and the glories one finds in these wild redoubts are many. The federation’s new travel guide beckons you to ramble afoot, afloat, afield to coastal spots both accessible and off the trodden track.
Our Coast’s Food: Chicken of the Sea
The spring arrival of northern puffers is the first sign of a new fishing season. Many throw the ugly “blow toads” back in the water. No, they’re not poisonous and, yes, they are delicious.
Gussied Up and Ready for Company
With restoration work complete, the Bodie Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks will open to visitors on Thursday.
A Jaunt Along the Outer Banks
From lighthouses to live oak trees, our Sam Bland takes in the cultural and natural wonders of the northern Outer Banks.
Coastal Sketch: Barry Bey
Byron “Barry” Bey had intended to play music on the beach when he moved to Southport more than 25 years ago. He became a teacher instead. He has inspired hundreds of students and his high-school aquaculture program is known the world over.
Northeast Cape Fear River
Bald eagles are among the endangered and rare creatures that live along the river, but environmentalist fear what another potential resident — the Titan Cement plant — will do to the river.
Titanic’s Chilling N.C. Connection
Weathermen manning the U.S. weather station in Hatteras almost 101 years ago received the first telegram from the sinking ship more than 1,000 miles away. When they relayed the message, they were told to get off the line.
Our Coast’s Food: Keeping It Simple
With the elaborate dishes that inventive chefs create at hundreds of restaurants lining the N.C. shore these days, it’s hard to remember why simple, traditional seafood recipes like roasted oysters or mullet and sweet potato stew endure — until you sample their pure seafood flavor.
Wildlife Without the Mosquitoes
A new visitors’ center in Manteo offers a hands-on, learning experience about the federal wildlife refuges in North Carolina.
Hatteras Center, Ecology Park Set to Open
Sea turtles will get prominent display space at the Hatteras Island Ocean Center’s new education center that should open this spring. The center will also have trails through the wetlands and free kayak and paddleboard launches.
Remembering the Fight to Save Bird Island
Residents who fought for 10 years to stop development of the island near Sunset Beach will gather this week to dedicate a kiosk that describes the fight and why it was worth waging.
The Serengeti of North Carolina
Thousands of migrating waterfowl are attracted to Lake Mattamuskeet each winter where they join the native black bears, otters, bobcats, mink, snakes, sliders, herons, egrets and dozens of other species. It is Sam Bland’s kinda place.
Jockey’s Ridge: Saving the Giant
It was 40 years ago that Carolista Fletcher Baum stepped out in front of a bulldozer to spark a movement to save the highest sand dune on the East Coast.