Listening to the Land: Naturalist asks ‘What do we hear?’

SUBMITTED PHOTO Neil Maine

Join Neal Maine of PacificLight Images for a conversation in words and photographs about art, science, conservation, and quality of life in a presentation titled “What Do We Hear?” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at Seaside Public Library. It is the final program in this year’s Listening to the Land speaker series. Admission is free; refreshments are served.

How do we listen to the land, and when we begin to hear the land’s messages, what do we do? These are questions Maine has been asking himself—as an educator, naturalist, and photographer—for many years. Last year he shared a presentation entitled “The Art of Seeing.” This year he continues that conversation, sharing his photographs and thoughts about how this adventure of listening to the land contributes to our quality of life.

After a 30-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Maine became the first executive director of North Coast land Conservancy. Since his retirement in 2010, he has pursued his passion to make deeper connections to the coastal system, using photography to record some of his experiences and to develop greater public appreciation of living in what he considers paradise.

Listening to the Land is an annual winter speaker series presented monthly by North Coast Land Conservancy and the Necanicum Watershed Council in partnership with the Seaside Public Library and with generous support from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.#

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