2,600 acres. Portola State Park is located in a canyon in north-central California. The area is forested with mixed conifers, including redwoods. Among the park’s wildlife are mule deer, coyote, and bobcat.

Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on several trails. Bike use is limited to roads. Horses are not permitted.

Camping Regulations: Primitive camping is restricted to one established trail camp, which is three miles from park headquarters. A fee is charged for camping here each night. Campfires are prohibited. A stove may be used for cooking.

For Further Information: Portola State Park, Box F, Route 2, La Honda, CA 94020; (415)948-9098.


The gannet is much more buoyant than the cormorant and it cannot dive from a floating position. It spends the winter well out to sea and can often be seen following ships. A line of these beautiful, graceful birds, flying and gliding in formation just above the waves, is a lovely sight and they make an excellent picture. Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) Although not seen in any great numbers, the Arctic skua is another seabird seen regularly around the peripheries of the Farne Islands. The Arctic skua, at 18 in. (46 cm), is a member of the Stercorariidae family of birds which are generally parasitic, preying on other birds to get their food. They have plumage which ranges from light to dark brown or any shade in between, a black bill and legs, short tail and a thickset body. The Arctic skua is a true pirate of the sky because it will attack and terrorise any bird seen carrying fish: even the big gannet is not immune to its parasitic, predatory attacks. The skua is an expert aerial acrobat and has been said to chase birds ‘like a Spitfire harrassing a bomber’ until they regurgitate or drop their fish. It will then accelerate down and catch the food before it even hits the water.

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