Our Coast

  • Summer Brings Southern Rarities, Songbirds

    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.

  • Recalling the Lighthouse Move, 20 Years On

    Some folks were opposed and others said the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse would crumble, but the successful relocation project in June 1999 saved the historic structure from the sea.

  • National Park Visitors Boost Coastal Economy

    Visitors to national parks on the N.C. coast spent more than $225 million in their surrounding communities, pouring about $280 million into the local economies, according to a recent analysis.

  • Cape Lookout Rolls Out Summer Programs

    The staff at Cape Lookout National Seashore recently announced activities and schedules for the 2019 season to help visitors plan their escape to the park’s 56 miles of undeveloped beach.

  • Warblers and Shorebirds and Terns, Oh My!

    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.

  • Plymouth Set to Celebrate Black Bears

    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.

  • Beachcomber’s View: Whelks Versus Conchs

    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.