Five planets line up in the early morning sky through most of February. All can be seen without binoculars or telescopes.
Wildlife & Nature
Best of the best: We announce the winners of Coastal Review Online’s 2015 photography contest, a showcase of marine life, coastal scenes and unique perspectives of our natural environment.
Begin 2016 looking skyward: The new year starts with an astronomical light show courtesy of the Quadrantids meteor shower and possibly a glimpse of comet Catalina.
Our new monthly feature on astronomy turns the telescope toward the Helix Nebula and the Orion Nebula and offers tips on viewing December’s meteor showers.
We’re offering a new monthly feature that gives us of glimpse of the month’s astronomical features. November is always good for meteor showers.
Prescribed burns, such as this one in Bladen County to restore a longleaf pine forest, take careful planning and keeping an eye on the weather.
Just as water is important to a rain forest, fire is paradoxically the ingredient of life to our coastal forests and all the animals and plants that live there. We spend a couple of days explaining the importance of fire and describing our attempts to mimic it.
The Palmetto-Peartree Preserve is a rough wilderness, ill-suited to casual visitors, but it’s a surprisingly successful habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Blue buttons, small ocean dwellers that aren’t jellyfish but are related to the Portuguese man o’ war, have recently made rare appearances on N.C. beaches.
Venomous or not, most people just don’t like snakes, but they’re magnificent creatures and their presence can mean there’s habitat for other wildlife.
Naturalist Sam Bland ventures out to explore Raccoon Island in Pamlico Sound, a haven and nursery for various coastal birds.
An exhibit at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher showcases images of 31 species captured by automatic cameras placed in the wild over a two-year period.
Memorial Day this weekend is the traditional start of the tourist season. Some visitors may wonder if creatures lurk beneath the waves, waiting to bite or sting. There are some critters that can hurt you but you’re safer in the water than in you car.
Naturalist Sam Bland kayaks down creeks in Pamlico County in search of the active nests of a great horned owl and a bald eagle.
In the second of two stories celebrating the beginning of sea turtle nesting season in May, we take a look at how the NEST volunteer group is helping endangered sea turtles’ chances of survival and inspiring kids to care for the ocean.
In the first of two stories about the beginning of turtle-nesting season next month, we look at the successful efforts at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to control predators of sea turtle eggs.