On Sunday April 25, Left Bank Books will host its final “Winter Lyceum” talk with local naturalist Mike Shannon.

A registered Maine Guide and educator, Shannon will explore the idea of the importance of place in our relationship to nature and the wild. “Human history contains a long and detailed record of our ties to the natural world, not only our biological roots, but our emotional ones as well. Our perceptions, our emotions, our capacities to understand, are challenged and revealed when we encounter new and varied landscapes. We need, today, as always, the support of our places. In the way food nourishes our bodies, places feed our dreams. All the places we have known and experienced come together in our minds and help make us human,” he said.

As a Maine naturalist Shannon has spent countless hours in the wild places of Waldo County, leading interested groups on bird walks and sharing his broad knowledge with Senior College classes. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, Shannon strives to connect people to the vast and varied Maine environment.

He is recently retired from Unity College, where he taught courses in ornithology and ecology. A former director of the Audubon Ecology Camp on Hog Island, he has also served as master naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

“Mike has a long history of sharing his passion and enthusiasm for all things natural,” said Left Bank Books co-owner Barb Klausmeyer, “and it’s wonderful to end our Lyceum series and welcome spring with this talk about the outdoors.”

Shannon’s talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the public is invited; the event is free of charge. For more information call Left Bank Books at 548-6400.