Wildlife & Nature

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Audubon NC Expands Native Plant Guide

    Audubon North Carolina has released an updated list of 700 recommended native plants to help gardeners, landscapers and others make selections that help birds and pollinators.

  • October Brings More Migrants Heading South

    Birder Jeff Lewis runs through the possibilities of birds that may be spotted this month along the coast and invites fellow bird lovers to the 22nd annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival Oct. 16-21 on the Outer Banks.

  • That Which We Call A ‘Starfish’

    What’s in a name? Would the creatures we know as “starfish” or “sea stars” be as stellar if called something else? Our Jared Lloyd wades into the debate over how best to refer to these echinoderms.

  • Ocracoke’s Trumpeter Swan Has Flown On

    Ocracoke recently hosted for two months a rare avian visitor, the trumpeter swan. Peter Vankevich with the Ocracoke Observer shares observations and photos of the swan that hasn’t been spotted since May 2.