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ISBN:0816527628
Author: John Alcock
ISBN13: 978-0816527625
Title: When the Rains Come: A Naturalist’s Year in the Sonoran Desert
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Language: English
Category: Americas
Publisher: University of Arizona Press (April 17, 2009)
Pages: 288

When the Rains Come: A Naturalist’s Year in the Sonoran Desert by John Alcock



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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Life in the desert is a waiting game: waiting for rain. And in a year of drought, the stakes are especially high.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. He describes what he finds on hikes in the Usery Mountains near Phoenix, where he has studied desert life over three decades and where frequent visits have enabled him to notice effects of seasonal variation that might escape a casual glance.Blending a personal perspective with field observation, Alcock shows how desert ecology depends entirely on rainfall. He touches on a wide range of topics concerning the desert’s natural history, noting the response of saguaro flowers to heat and the habits of predators, whether soaring red-tailed hawk or tiny horned lizard. He also describes unusual aspects of insects that few desert hikers will have noticed, such as the disruptive color pattern of certain grasshoppers that is more effective than most camouflage.When the Rains Come is brimming with new insights into the desert, from the mating behaviors of insects to urban sprawl, and features photographs that document changes in the landscape as drought years come and go. It brings us the desert in the harshest of times—and shows that it is still teeming with life.
Reviews: 4
Kigabar
What a delightful, living book! I found myself captivated in the very first chapter as the author related his expetiences hiking in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona. The sights, the weather, it all comes alive off the pages of this book. It makes me eager to get out and see what little things I can observe changing throughout the year. Any hiker, natural science enthusiast, or Charlotte Mason educational follower will find this a great addition to their home library.
Granirad
This is John Alcock's tour de force on the Sonoran Desert.The author spent 30 years visiting an area near where he lived for all these years and took detailed notes on what he saw on a day to day basis.You will see the birth and death of the plants and animals that live there and the highs and lows as the author views man's impact on the desert in which he lives.Some parts of the book are sad but overall it is a great learning experience that has many high points which out weigh the bad.The authors photographs are very good and serve to illustrate the author's point of view.I enjoyed the book very much and really learned a lot as will anyone who reads the book.
Anaragelv
This book will inspire anyone to visit the Sonoran Desert. The author's command of language is so great that you won't want to put the book down for a second!

Beautiful photos and a great read. I can't say enough good things about this book!!!

Terrie Gates
Hawk Flying
My professor has used it as a textbook. It is a really good book for studying Sonora desert. I love it.