CAMDEN — Naturalist and educator Mike Shannon will discuss the annual courtship and life cycle of the American Woodcock at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at

Mike Shannon Photo courtesy of the Maine Audubon Society

Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., according to a news release from Mid-Coast Audubon.

The woodcock, a migrant/resident bird of bogs and young woodlands, is a most interesting wooing artist. As the annual cycle of courtship begins, his aerial technique, bizarre and mysterious, places him up front as a strange suitor.

Shannon is a lifelong naturalist, storyteller, educator and Registered Maine Guide. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, he continues to lead outings for local groups.

He serves as a naturalist on board the Schooner Mary Day in June. He is retired from Unity College, where he taught ornithology and ecological education. A former director of the Audubon Ecology Camp in Maine (Hog Island), he has worked and lived on Audubon sanctuaries for many years. He loves sharing his passion and enthusiasm for the natural world.

The program is free and open to all; donations are encouraged.

For more information, call the library at 236-3440.

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