The Birds of Raccoon Island

Naturalist Sam Bland ventures out to explore Raccoon Island in Pamlico Sound, a haven and nursery for various coastal birds.
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Purple martins return to roost

Purple martins are beginning to return to their roost at the west end of the old Manns Harbor bridge. By the end of July, the number of birds at the site will be close to 100,000.

From late July and into early August, the Coastal Carolina Purple Martin Society will host visitors at the roosting site to explain and share with them the amazing phenomenon of thousands of the birds swooping in over the sound at dusk.
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Drilling off the Carolina Coast: Pulse of the Coast from Corolla to Hatteras

Reporters from Coastal Review Online travel the North Carolina coast from Corolla to Calabash to find out what local folks are thinking about the possibility of drilling for oil in the offshore waters.  Catherine Kozak takes the pulse from Corolla down to Hatteras.
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The Night Sky:  Stargazing tips for July

June had its ups and downs for observing the stars.  Some very clear nights were plagued by three problems --  wind, high humidity, and light pollution.
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New island music academy is one artist's 'divine inspiration'

Passion is the fuel that drives an artist’s creative engines, the impetus to spend the estimated 10,000 hours it takes to truly master a difficult craft.  While some artists tend to be more passionate about themselves, the best artists understand that it is the work at hand that is important and that inspiration is indeed the spark of the divine.

Such is the case with professional musician Jessie Taylor of Avon and her vision for the Cape Hatteras Music Academy, which will begin providing musical instruction for Hatteras Island youth in the fall. Taylor’s motto is “What we are is God’s gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.”  She is quick to credit divine inspiration for the new musical venture.
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Drilling off the Carolina Coast:  Oil Prospects vs. Tourism Reality

Residents of the Outer Banks and  other coastal areas of the state worry that promises of economic benefits from offshore oil and gas aren’t worth the risks to their proven, primary industry -- tourism. 
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Dare's new emergency manager is guest on radio show....WITH AUDIO

Dare County's new emergency management coordinator, Drew Pearson, was the guest on the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on Sunday, June 21. Pearson joined Dare's Emergency Management last August as deputy to coordinator Sandy Sanderson.  He took over the office when Sanderson retired on March 1 after 20 years in the job.

In the interview, Pearson talks directly and at length on such issues as evacuation and re-entry, which are usually controversial for many Hatteras islanders. 
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Drilling off the Carolina Coast:  A look back at the Mobil fight

A look back at a proposal by Mobil Oil in the mid-1980s to drill off the Outer Banks that  set off a fight that pitted the Mobil oil company against coastal residents, especially on the Outer Banks, and the state’s then-governor, Republican Jim Martin.

North Carolina and its residents won that match-up, but another struggle is looming for many of the folks who opposed drilling then and still do today. 
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Island Living:   A short list of Hatteras obsessions

Columnist Joy Crist says she pretty much misses "every damn thing" about Hatteras Island -- with the exception of mosquitoes, saltwater flooding, traffic, and driving five hours to go to the dentist.

This is her short list of her “Hatteras Island Obsessions”  --  the stuff she misses most when she is daydreaming about home or skimming through those tortuous Facebook photos her buddies post of their happy families and friends on a crystal clear beach day.
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Next Hatteras Island Reads book is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO

The next book in the Hatteras Island Reads community reading program was the topic of the most recent edition of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," which was broadcast on Sunday, June 7.

The book is "Hatteras Blues: A Story from the Edge of America" by Tom Carlson, a retired professor of creative writing and American literature at the University of Memphis.  Carlson spent a considerable amount of time on Hatteras to write the story of the island's charter fishing industry, which was started by Captain Ernal Foster in the 1930s. 
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The Hatteras-Conetoe Connection: Exchanging healthy food and culture....WITH SLIDE SHOW

When a small group of Hatteras Islanders accompanied Saltwater Connections coordinator Susan West to the Conetoe Family Life Center in 2012 there was no hint of what good things would result from that visit. The Community Gardeners and Coastal Harvesters of Hatteras went searching for inspiration from an established community garden in the small town of Conetoe (pronounced con-e-ta) about 160 miles inland just east of Wilson, N.C.

Three years later, there is an innovative food exchange and an equally important cultural exchange well underway between the Conetoe folks and Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies food and nutrition students. 
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Local, regional, and national bands will play at second Hatteras bluegrass festival

The Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival will be returning to the Hatteras Village Civic Center from Thursday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 11, featuring last year’s crowd favorites and some new national acts that dyed in the wool bluegrass music fans are sure to appreciate.
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