Since sitting on his grandparents’ porch at the age of four and watching birds on their feeder, Seven Hills Language Arts and History teacher Pete Cashwell has had a fascination with all things birds.  However, it was not until the early 90’s after receiving a bird watching field guide from his in-laws and helping a friend with a bird count in eastern North Carolina that he became hooked on birding.  For more than 30 years, this young boy’s fascination has developed into a grown-up’s passion for and expertise in field ornithology.  In 2002, Pete published his first book, The Verb “To Bird”, a book about the joys of bird watching.  This past week, Pete was asked by the New York Times Op-Ed Editorial Board to write an op-ed piece on the current standoff in Oregon on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from a birder’s perspective.  What is even more exciting is that Pete will be sharing his love of birding with some lucky Seven Hills boys in one of our signature Exploratory Classes this spring.