Our Coast

  • Shorebird Banded 17 Years Ago Brings Hope

    The recent recapture of an American oystercatcher at Masonboro Island, one banded 17 years ago in Georgia, was cause for celebration among groups working to help the species recover.

  • Our Coast’s Food: The Best Clam Chowder

    Debate continues regarding the best kind of clam chowder, but on the North Carolina coast, Down East or Hatteras-style clam chowder reigns supreme because it’s made with mostly clams.

  • Winter Birds Are Arriving On The Outer Banks

    Jeff Lewis, an expert on birds and bird-watching, writes for his November column about winter birds, like the yellow-bellied sapsucker, brown creeper, winter wren, waterfowl and other birds you might find this time of year on the Outer Banks.

  • Wash Woods at 100: Coastal History Saved

    Congressman Walter Jones attended the recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wash Woods Coast Guard Station, a preserved historic landmark on the northern Outer Banks.

  • Eagles Island Stewards Look To Expand Effort

    Stewards of the marshy wilderness known as Eagles Island, just off the busy U.S. 74/76/17 interchanges near Wilmington, hope to turn the area into a recreational and educational attraction.

  • Coastal Birding Trail Marks 10th Anniversary

    Officials and about 100 attendees, including N.C. First Lady Kristin Cooper, recently celebrated on the Outer Banks the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Birding Trail, a partnership project linking birding sites across the state.

  • Rick Luettich and the Science of Storm Surge

    Rick Luettich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, has turned his lifelong fascination with water movement into a career as a well-known expert on storm surge, but he’s still working on better prediction methods.

  • Event to Celebrate Oysters, Shellfish Growers

    Oyster lovers and others interested in the roles shellfish play in both the environment and the economy, get ready to Shuck, Rattle and Roll, an event Friday highlighting Carteret Community College’s aquaculture program.

  • Our Coast’s Food: The Spots Are Running

    When spots are schooling, from late August to November, coastal folk are known to “fry up a mess of ’em” and enjoy their mild, sweet flavor, a favorite for generations.

  • Coastal Park Trails Offer Nature Connection

    State Parks and the Croatan National Forest offer hikers miles of trails through a variety of habitats, from maritime forests to sand dunes, and the chance to learn some history and get a glimpse of rare plants or endangered critters.