After the Wildfire: Ten Years of Recovery from the Willow Fire by John AlcockAfter the Wildfire: Ten Years of Recovery from the Willow Fire by John Alcock

After the Wildfire: Ten Years of Recovery from the Willow Fire

byJohn Alcock

Paperback | February 28, 2017

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Swallowtail butterflies frolic on the wind. Vireos and rock wrens sing their hearts out by the recovering creek. Spiders and other predators chase their next meal. Through it all, John Alcock observes, records, and delights in what he sees. In a once-burnt area, life resurges. Plants whose seeds and roots withstood an intense fire become habitat for the returning creatures of the wild. After the Wildfire describes the remarkable recovery of wildlife in the Mazatzal Mountains in central Arizona.

It is the rare observer who has the dedication to revisit the site of a wildfire, especially over many years and seasons. But naturalist John Alcock returned again and again to the Mazatzals, where the disastrous Willow fire of 2004 burned 187 square miles. Documenting the fire's aftermath over a decade, Alcock thrills at the renewal of the once-blackened region. Walking the South Fork of Deer Creek in all seasons as the years passed, he was rewarded by the sight of exuberant plant life that in turn fostered an equally satisfying return of animals ranging from small insects to large mammals.

Alcock clearly explains the response of chaparral plants to fire and the creatures that reinhabit these plants as they come back from a ferocious blaze: the great spreadwing damselfly, the western meadowlark, the elk, and birds and bugs of rich and colorful varieties. This book is at once a journey of biological discovery and a celebration of the ability of living things to reoccupy a devastated location. Alcock encourages others to engage the natural world-even one that has burnt to the ground.

John Alcock is an Emeritus Regents' Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, where he taught from 1973 until 2008. He is the author of several books, including Sonoran Desert Spring and Sonoran Desert Summer. Alcock is a hiker and photographer.
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Title:After the Wildfire: Ten Years of Recovery from the Willow FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816534039

ISBN - 13:9780816534036

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"In thirty-six short chapters, with a cross-reference of common and scientific names, this is a high-quality production with sixty photos of landscapes and insect, avian, and terrestrial inhabitants. This work is destined to become a classic example of long-term research."-Choice