The totals are now in from when dozens of birders flocked to Ocracoke in late December to join in the annual nationwide Christmas Bird Count.
Wildlife & Nature
The diamond terrapin population, which has not fully recovered from the turtle soup trend of the late 19th century, faces a new challenge to its survival: phragmites.
Volunteers are helping with a five-year project known as the North Carolina Bird Atlas that began this past spring to catalog the size and distribution of the state’s bird populations.
North American Butterfly Association President Jeffrey Glassberg recently visited Bogue Banks specifically to see the rare species named for the Crystal Coast.
Cape Lookout National Seashore rangers and Crystal Coast Stargazers Club members are chipping away at the yearlong application process for designation as an International Dark Sky Park.
The pandemic has not affected the mission of protecting endangered shorebirds at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but the absence of people has brought rare winged visitors.
They don’t always show up this time of year, but since early May Portuguese men-of-war have been washing up on beaches up and down the North Carolina coast, so step carefully.
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.
The Fire in the Pines Festival set for Saturday in Wilmington spotlights the importance of controlled burns for the plants and animals in North Carolina’s pine forests.
Sand dollars are fragile, so finding an intact one on the sand is a thrill for beachcombers, but they are also fascinating creatures with features that are the stuff of legends.
While some migratory shorebirds can still be spotted on the Outer Banks, Jeff Lewis says birders can find plenty of breeding terns and gulls as well as songbirds this time of year.
Sea glass, or pieces of glass from broken bottles or other items worn smooth by the ocean, is growing in popularity as a collectible but getting harder to find on beaches.
Outer Banks birder Jeff Lewis writes that spring birding on the Outer Banks is awesome in May, when songbirds, shorebirds and wading birds are in their most beautiful plumage.
The N.C. Black Bear Festival, set for May 31-June 2, honors the hefty creature so abundant in the state’s northeast and commemorates National Black Bear Day with bear-themed fun.
Longtime Outer Banks beachcomber Kristin Hissong explains the myriad differences between conchs, which typically prefer tropical waters, and whelks that are often found on Outer Banks beaches and a favorite of collectors.
The nonprofit Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is accepting registrations for its annual gathering, to be held for the first time on the N.C. coast in March.