About

David Lukas is a naturalist and author of the new book Sierra Nevada Birds (lukasguides.com).

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Ask the Naturalist: Wild Turkey vs. White-Tailed Kite?

September 25, 2014 by David Lukas

The surprise appearance of a wild turkey in another bird's nest has one reader wondering.

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Ask The Naturalist: Can Deer Twins Be Born on Different Days?

July 28, 2014 by David Lukas

This week's guest naturalist David Lukas has the answer to a reader's intriguing cervid question.

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The Cuckoo Wasp: A Gorgeous Parasite

July 01, 2012 by David Lukas

A cuckoo wasp is one of those remarkable animals that appears for just a few seconds and makes you wonder what the heck you just saw. Fast-moving and no larger than a skinny housefly, these wasps stand out nonetheless: They glow an outrageous iridescent blue-green, as if illuminated from within.

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And This Little Spider Stayed Home

July 01, 2011 by David Lukas

Tiny turret spiders, hiding in their silk-lined tunnels near your favorite trail, just might hold some geologic secrets in their genes. "These spiders are like rocks that don't move," says one researcher. Who’d have thought?

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Birds of a Different Feather, Flocking Together

January 01, 2008 by David Lukas

Meander through an oak woodland, or even a wooded suburban area, on a winter day, and you're likely to experience something strange about our winter woodland songbirds: You may not see them at all. Then suddenly the trees come alive with dozens of birds of several species.

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Diving into Our Ocean Sanctuaries

October 01, 2007 by David Lukas

While living for a while on the Monterey Peninsula, I found myself drawn time and again from the cafes and shops of Pacific Grove down to the waters of Monterey Bay. Sometimes I would just sit on a bench and look for sea otters resting and feeding their pups in the undulating kelp beds. My time in Monterey was a small but privileged window into the wonderful diversity that makes the central coast of California one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world...

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Out on a Limb with Mistletoe

October 01, 2007 by David Lukas

Most people know to watch out for mistletoe at holiday parties, but there's a lot more to this plant than that one-note holiday refrain.

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