“The Forested Landscape: A Closer Look” with Mike Shannon

Date: August 10, 2019

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Location: Sears Island, Searsport, ME

Join Friends of Sears Island for a tree and shrub identification walk on August 10th, from 9:00-11:00am on Sears Island. Natural history is an endeavor that often begins with the familiar.  Sometimes the familiar is overlooked in our eagerness for discovery. Connecting with ourselves, with others, with the land; these are three good reasons why many of us spend time outdoors.  A kinship and coziness with wildness, both familiar and unfamiliar, can confer a deep sense of connectedness with the larger whole. By learning more about the trees and shrubs around you, you’ll leave with a heightened appreciation for the forested landscape around us.

Mike Shannon is a lifelong naturalist, storyteller and educator. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, he continues to lead outings for local groups. He is retired from Unity College where he taught ornithology and ecological education.

This event is free and open to the public. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 9:00am. Bring water, a snack, insect repellent, and come dressed for a walk in the woods. Please no pets on guided walks. In the event of steady rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information and updates, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, http://facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call 207-975-3878.

Photo credit: Ashley Megquier

Photo caption:  A patch of woods on Sears Island’s Blue Trail.