Naturalist David Lukas Reflects on Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship

David Lukas in the field

Naturalist David Lukas, inaugural recipient of the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship, recently reflected on his fellowship experience. He said this about his project and the impact of the award: ”I’ll end up producing 10-11 flower videos in 2021, but more importantly the fellowship gave me a framework that I can easily build upon next year. I now have a better sense of how to research and organize each video, and I also have a better sense of the timing and timeline for each species of flower so that next year I can plan ahead more efficiently. It turned out that making each video was much more time-consuming than I’d imagined, not only did it take a full day just to research each flower and write a script, it also took multiple days to locate the best filming locations and best patches for each flower, and that doesn’t even include the time it took me to do the actual filming and producing.

I’ll be excited to film even more flowers next year, not only because I will spend more time with the flowers, but also because it becomes a way to re-promote the videos I created in 2021. The best part is that I can continue promoting these videos every spring, year after year, because the content is eternal and of continued interest. I will also be looking for other ways to build upon this content, perhaps by writing a local flower book, or by combining the videos with a series of local flower walks or workshops to get even more people interested in the topic. Maybe I can find an artist to work with to produce a local wildflower calendar, or maybe some other fascinating projects will arise from this work.”

Other inaugural recipients were David Moskowitz and Etsuko Ichikawa. Stay tuned for their reflections!

The application process for the 2022 Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund is open December 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022. Full details are available here.