Our Coast

  • New Whale Skeleton Museum Taking Shape

    A new building to house the Bonehenge Whale Center in Beaufort should be completed this year, says Keith Rittmaster, natural science curator at the N.C. Maritime Museum.

  • Birds of Ocracoke: The Snow Bunting

    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.

  • Birth of Two Inlets: Accounts of 1846 Storm

    Firsthand accounts provide vivid detail of the deadly storm in September 1846 that created Oregon and Hatteras inlets and brought dramatic changes to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Holiday Cream Pies

    Made with or without fruit, cream pies are a holiday staple for many families along North Carolina’s coast. Our Liz Biro shares stories from a Portsmouth Island native about Christmastime memories and an aunt’s famous cream pies.

  • Our Coast’s History: Shell Castle Island

    Shell Castle Island in Ocracoke Inlet wasn’t much more than a cluster of oyster beds, but for a couple decades in early U.S. history, the wharves and warehouses that stood here were the center of maritime trade for northeastern North Carolina.

  • December Brings New Birds, Annual Count

    December brings migratory waterfowl to the N.C. coast, just in time for Audubon’s Christmas bird count, and the northeastern part of the state offers ample opportunities for bird-watching.

  • Susan White Links Space Research, NC Coast

    As director of NC Sea Grant, NC Space Grant and the state’s Water Resources Research Institute, Susan White finds ways to put emerging technology to work researching the state’s coast.

  • Willis: Climate Change Threatens Economy

    Rachel Willis, a UNC professor in the American Studies department, is an advocate for the world’s transportation infrastructure to work with, not against, climate change and sea level rise.

  • Harkers Island To Celebrate Heritage, Decoys

    An exciting weekend is ahead on Harkers Island with the 30th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival at the elementary school and the annual Waterfowl Weekend at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.