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Ask the Naturalist
Have a question about nature? Junior Rangers can submit their questions to the Chief Naturalist.
Dear Chief Naturalist,
When do owls mostly come out?
Michael, age 10
Owls are nocturnal which means they are active at night. They start to stir at dusk so you might catch a glimpse of one but, you are more likely to hear them.
The great-horned owl is heard more in the winter than any other time of the year in Georgia. Listen after dark for the deep hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-oo, hoo-oo of Georgia's largest owl. It lives in city neighborhoods as well as wild places.
Pools of Red
Visit Panola Mountain State Park in late February to early March and see the colorful "red carpets" of elf orpine (a tiny plant that scientists call Diamorpha smallii). It forms colorful mats in outcrop pools creating a dramatic display against the gray rock in the stark winter landscape. Explore the Outcrop Trail on your own or attend one of the guided hikes held on Saturdays.