Making the Bear Dance: A Naturalist's Journey into the World of Wildland Firefighting
Author: Jeff Connor
"Connor is a born storyteller. His unique account of wildland firefighting gives an insider's perspective on the rigors and issues surrounding this hot and politically charged topic. Set in some of the most breathtaking natural areas of North America, Making the Bear Dance [gives the reader] a vicarious glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes for the glorified firefighting hero."
–Nancy Wilson, program director, Rocky Mountain Seminars, Rocky Mountain National Park
"I enjoyed reading about Jeff's fire experiences and his passion for the resource."
–Pat Stephen, prescribed fire technician, Rocky Mountain National Park
About the Author: Jeff has been a public servant for the federal government for twenty-three years in the roles of park ranger, wildlife biologist, and Natural Resources specialist. He has been involved with forest fires (suppression, prescribed burns, and wildland fires for resource benefit) since 1976, qualified as a crew boss, engine boss, strike team leader trainee, Incident Commander Type IV, field observer, line scout, fire monitor, fire management officer, and para-archeologist. In the course of his career, he has worked in five national park units: Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Rocky Mountain National Park. He has also served as a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico. While in the service of the federal government, Connor climbed mountains, rafted rivers, explored caves and trapped the following animals for study, inventory, and research: big horn sheep, elk, mule deer, black bear, rattlesnakes, amphibians, fish, bats, rodents, birds (raptors and songbirds). As a hippie in the late sixties and early seventies, he hitchhiked across the country and has lived in the Caribbean and Mexico and in a commune in New Mexico and has spent time in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.