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  • Crystal Coast Stargazing

    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

  • Sunset Passage

    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

  • Following the Monarch Migration

    A tagged monarch butterfly, ready for migration. Tagging is part of the effort to reverse declining monarch populations. Photo: Doug Waters

  • Morning Nectar

    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

  • Climb Lookout Light This Sunday

    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

  • Native Plants Offered

    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.

  • Pond Project Progresses

    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.