|Title:||When the Rains Come: A Naturalist’s Year in the Sonoran Desert|
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|Publisher:||University of Arizona Press (April 17, 2009)|
John Alcock knows the Sonoran Desert better than just about anyone else, and in this book he tracks the changes he observes in plant and animal life over the course of a drought year. Combining scientific knowledge with years of exploring the desert, he describes the variety of ways in which the wait for rain takes place-and what happens when it finally comes. The desert is a land of five seasons, featuring two summers-hot, dry months followed by monsoon-and Alcock looks at the changes that take place in an entire desert community over the course of all five.
And in a year of drought, the stakes are especially high . Saguaro spells summer in the Sonoran Desert. True, in every month, the cactus is a keystone species in the sense of dominating the visual landscape and providing it with its special character. But in the early summer, the saguaro becomes more ecologically important than ever by producing a big crop of brilliantly red fruits, which feed a host of animals at a time when they really need the help.
Now Emeritus, Professor John Alcock (from Arizona State University) had already written numerous books on animal behaviour, including three titles about the Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona: Sonoran Desert Spring (1994), Sonoran Desert Summer (1994), and the praised In a Desert Garden: Love and Death among the Insects (1997)
When the Rains Come: A Naturalist’s Year in the Sonoran Desert. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Steven John Phillips. Sonoran Desert Spring is about the evolutionary significance of behaviour. Holiday reading for all zoologists and a must for the desert specialist whose entomological knowledge is restricted to the performance of locusts and black beetles. -Journal of Biogeography. From the Inside Flap. Spring on the Sonoran Desert can be a four-month-long spectacle of life and color. Within these well-written pages, Alcock exposes us to the plant and animal life of a land many regard as desolate. To Alcock, the desert has a constant evolutionary beauty he never seems to tire.
Sonoran Desert Spring. by Alcock John and John Alcock. When the Rains Come: A Naturalist's Year in the Sonoran Desert. John Alcock brings us with him on a tour of the Usery Ridge (north of Mesa, near Phoenix, Arizona) after the winter rains, but before the harsh heat of summer. The book mostly discusses evolutionary behavior of plants and animals found there. Dr. Alcock is concerned with the disappearance of the desert and its treasures.
What could seem less inviting than summer in the desert? For most people, this prospect conjures up the image of relentl. The book's 38 chapters introduce readers to these and other desert animals and plants, tracing the course of the season through activities as vibrant as mating rituals and as subtle as the gradual deterioration of a fallen saguaro cactus.
John Alcock (/ˈælkɒk/; born November 13, 1942) is an American behavioral ecologist and author. He is currently the Emeritus' Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.
John Alcock is a behavioral ecologist and professor at Arizona State University. He writes in a very approachable style (similar to more popular and famous biologists like Stephen Jay Gould and . Wilson) that splendidly reveals his passion and appreciation of desert life as a naturalist to the general public. This 1985 title, Sonoran Desert Spring, contains numerous photographs (some in color) of the Sonoran desert during springtime. Discover more about this book in our Catalog.
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