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Owls In Merchants Millpond State Park

The bawling in the black night is the spring chorus of hooting barred owls.

Getting There:

From Gatesville, take US 158 east 4.3 miles to the state park.

Prime Time:

Late February through April.

Guides:

State Parks of North Carolina, by Walter C. Biggs Jr. and James F. Parnell (John F. Blair, Publisher, 336-768-1374; www.blairpub.com; $14.95).

Contact:

Merchants Millpond State Park,

(252) 357-1191; http://ils.unc.edu/

parkproject/memi.html.

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