Doug Waters of Morehead City recently captured this image of a hummingbird. Waters noted that hummingbirds remain in the coastal area despite the chill, so don’t put away the feeders just yet.
Pete Kreps of Raleigh captured this image of a fisherman beneath the starry sky at Kure Beach.
A small, washed-up vessel is found in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge covered in colorful graffiti. Photo: Jason Brown
Fred Angeli, of the Crystal Coast Stargazers, sets up a telescope for attendees of a stargazing event at Fort Macon State Park. Photo: Doug Waters
The North Carolina Department of Transportation ferry Floyd J. Lupton leaves Hatteras Village bound for Ocracoke Island on one of its last passages of the day. Photo: Doug Waters
Waves lap at a crumbled section of N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk at low tide on Monday morning. Photo: Kip Tabb
A tagged monarch butterfly, ready for migration. Tagging is part of the effort to reverse declining monarch populations. Photo: Doug Waters
An adult tern feeds its chick. Photo: Karl Chiang
A mother osprey delivers a fresh flounder to the nest for her eyas, or chicks. Photo: Toni Schmidt
A Palamedes swallowtail butterfly (Papilio palamedes) extends its proboscis to feed on nectar in lantana blooms near the Croatan National Forest in Carteret County. Photo: Mark Hibbs
Visitors to the Cape Lookout National Seashore this weekend will have the opportunity to climb the lighthouse, one of only four chances this year to do so on a Sunday. Photo: Sam Bland
The N.C. Coastal Federation is holding a native plant sale at 3609 N.C. 24 near Newport. Prices start at $4 and plants are selected to be appropriate for the region.
A worker uses an excavator to slope the bank of a drained pond Friday in Cape Carteret, part of an N.C. Coastal Federation-led project intended to improve water quality in nearby Deer Creek.
Volunteers with the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors plant seedlings to help restore salt marsh habitat as part of a living shoreline project at Carolina Beach State Park.
Reader Judy Moore captured this image of a cedar waxwing March 23 on Roanoke Island.
Reader Marilyn Kircus captured this image of river otters at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.