MOUNT NEBO STATE PARK OF ARKANSAS
Located in the Ozarks of west-central Arkansas, this state park is situated on top of 1,800-foot Mount Nebo, which offers fine mountain scenery and great views.
Activities: There are 14 miles of trails in the park for hiking and backpacking.
Camping Regulations: Thirteen designated hike-in campsites are located along the 4-mile Bench Trail, which circles the mountain. Camping is restricted to these sites. A fee is charged.
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For Further Information: Mount Nebo State Park, Route 3, Box 374, Dardanelle, AR 72834; (501)229-3655.
This magnificent bird, with a two-m wingspan and standing 36 in. (91 cm) high, is the largest seabird in the northern hemisphere. The plumage of the adult gannet is white with a tinge of yellow on the head and neck and dark brown wing tips. Young birds are a dusty light brown colour all over, which gradually changes to a kind of freckled white as they start to mature. The gannet is a true seabird because it hunts and catches its own fish. It glides about 5-10 metres above the water's surface, using its binocular vision to help it to see the fish prey, then drops into the sea like a dart, its wings stretched back behind the body. The wings are not used underwater until it has either caught its prey or finished the dive: they are then half-opened in typical flight motion ready for take off, even before it reaches the surface. The bird is very fast, whether paddling on the surface or swimming underneath, and the only time it uses its wings is to prolong a dive when it beats along the seabed. Most of the gannet's prey is found near to the surface, so it rarely exceeds about ten seconds underwater, but it has been found caught in nets at a depth of 55 metres. The gannet is naturally buoyant due to the subcutaneous cellular tissues of the upper neck and breast which automatically fill up with air just before diving.