The West Virginia University Press has announced a June 30 release date for the second revised edition of Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders: An Appalachian Mountain Ecology , a new and expanded edition of the popular text which has been out of print for a number of years. In this book, George Constantz writes about the Appalachian landscape, flora and fauna. The subjects in the book range from the plants of the eastern deciduous forest to the men in the mountains to the sex lives of insects.

The book is scientifically sound, yet Constantzs very readable style enables the general reader to easily understand the information presented. When asked for a summary of his book, Constantz said it,explores the quirky, bizarre adaptations of Appalachian organisms.

Constantz is connected to the rural setting of West Virginia and Appalachia. Not only has he written this book about the ecology of the region, but he is also committed to conserving it. For example, he founded a nonprofit organization called Pine Cabin Run Ecological Laboratory which preserves Appalachian rivers. In addition, since 1993 he has coordinated the West Virginia Watershed Conservation and Management Program associated with the Canaan Valley Institute.

Contstantz had this bit of advice,While wandering Appalachias hills and hollows, turn over a log or rock�€you never know what strange and wonderful thing might be waiting for you.His book is an excellent guide for what you might find there.

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