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Peter Cashwell loves birds with a passion that drives him into forests and swamps, often before dawn, to search out his quarry and to add new species to his growing list of sightings. It is this avian compulsion, too, that renders this English teacher's descriptions of his prey so heartfelt and clever, evoking passages of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Verb "To Bird" is a wildly entertaining look into the world of birders that promises not to take itself too seriously. Told through personal anecdotes that range from his own backyard in the hills of Virginia to trips in search of a particular species, Cashwell's tale includes plenty of screeching-to-a-halt-and-grabbing-the-binoculars on the roadway in between. Throughout, he provides a historical perspective on human intervention in the natural world and the introduction of certain avian species to the U.S.
From his description of birds and their surroundings, Cashwell draws lovely metaphors for modern life and raises questions -- some serious, others more whimsical -- about the importance of leaving our world a better place with each passing generation. (Summer 2003 Selection)