Shooting The Breeze


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Bill brushes by with minor inconveniences…..WITH SLIDE SHOW

Monday 24 August 2009 at 3:04 pm Hurricane Bill passed by Hatteras and Ocracoke islands more than 400 miles offshore on Saturday.

The heavy surf was, as always, impressive, and a major attraction all day for both islanders and visitors.

Despite the pounding waves, the islands fared well.  However, the turtle nests took a bit more of a beating. Read More

Surfers are hoping Bill will be swell

Friday 21 August 2009 at 2:54 pm Outer Banks surfers are eagerly awaiting the southeast swell from Hurricane Bill, which is forecast to pass several hundred miles east of the area tomorrow, perhaps bringing some of the best surf of the summer on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

However, the big waves that the surfers are hoping for will cause some inconveniences for other visitors. Read More

An interesting idea for piping plover recovery

Monday 17 August 2009 at 3:00 pm According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release, three piping plover chicks in Illinois have made history.

They were in the first nest that has been found in Illinois, where the birds are listed as endangered, in 30 years.

And, after the adults abandoned the nest, the four eggs were placed in incubators at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Three of the eggs hatched, and the chicks were released into the wild on Aug. 7.

It’s an interesting idea, isn’t it? Read More