Walnut Cove in Stokes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Summertime and Life Goes On
Hanging Rock State Park
As the plants grow, the insects continue to eat, eat, eat. Some insects drink plant juices, others chew into trunks and branches; many eat leaves, while some are predators that feast on fellow insects. Reptiles and amphibians spend most of their time feeding and maintain an optimal body temperature - either by cooling off in a stream or warming up in a bright patch of sunshine. In early summer, most parent birds work from sunrise to sunset finding food for their hungry nestlings.
As you relax and eat your picnic lunch, look around for evidence of animals feeding. A mushroom with a triangular bite denotes a box turtle’s lunch. Holes in leaves indicate insects feeding. A ball of hair on the forest floor, called a pellet, is the remains of an owl’s dinner. If you open the pellet, you will find the bones of the animal that the owl ate last night. What other evidence can you find? (captions)
Eastern Box Turtle; American Locust; Great Horned Owl
Erected by North Carolina State Parks.
Location. 36° 23.718′ N, 80° 15.984′ W. Marker is in Walnut Cove, North Carolina, in Stokes County. Marker can be reached from Hanging Rock Park Road 2 miles south of Moores Spring Road (County Route 1001), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located on the balcony at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Walnut Cove NC 27052, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountains Away From The Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanging Rock's High Flyers (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock of Ages (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis David von Schweinitz (approx. 2˝ miles away); Moody Tavern (approx. 3˝ miles away); Stokes County Troops C.S.A (approx. 3˝ miles away); Stokes County World War I Monument (approx. 3˝ miles away); Stoneman’s Raid (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Cove.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.