I had the great opportunity to attend a lecture and then go into the field with Dr. Scot Duncan, Assistant Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College and author of the amazing book, Southern Wonder:  Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity.  I must admit I am biased, I graduated from Birmingham-Southern and I live in Alabama, but don't just take it from me, here is what Dr. E.O. Wilson had to say:

“Scot Duncan has delivered one of the most important books ever written about Alabama. Beautifully composed, it is a revelation about one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America and a call to Alabama’s people to treasure and protect the state’s living heritage.” 
—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Social Conquest of Earth.

Get this book now, you will not be disappointed.