WALKER, Lewis Wayne

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WALKER, Lewis Wayne (1905-1971), Massachusetts-born taxidermist, author, wildlife photographer and naturalist interested in ornithology who worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for seventeen years (1954-1970). He was particularly interested in Baja California, Mexico. As a young man living in New York, Walker worked at the American Museum of Natural History. Later in San Diego in the 1930s, Walker worked for the San Diego Natural History Museum for about six years.

April 13-May 7, 1938, Walker, accompanied by museum colleagues Norman Bilderback, J. Elton Green and Lee W. Arnold, participated in a Channel Islands expedition aboard Novia del Mar, owned by Robert P. Scripps. They visited Santa Catalina, Santa Barbara, San Nicolas, San Miguel and Santa Cruz islands. On April 18, 1938 on Santa Catalina Island Walker shot an immature bald eagle.


Walker collected on:

California Channel Islands

  • San Miguel Island (1938)
  • San Nicolas Island (1938)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1938)


Baja California Islands

  • Islas Coronados (1937)
  • Isla Natividad (1939)
  • Isla San Martin (1939)



Island Collections~

San Miguel Island & Prince Island [with Tony Green et al.]

4/28-30/1938 SDMNH #17231-#17236 Elgaria multicarinata

ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17231 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17232 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 28, 1938 SDNHM-17233 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17235 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17236 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 30, 1938 SDNHM-17234 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 29, 1938 SDNHM-17236 Elgaria multicarinata Herps



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Nicolas Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17212 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17213 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17214 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Nicolas Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM April 21, 1938 SDNHM-17215 Xantusia riversiana Herps


Santa Cruz Island

5/4-5/1938 SDMNH herps


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDMNH May 5, 1938 SDMNH-17209 Pseudacris regilla Mammals
Santa Cruz Island L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDMNH May 5, 1938 SDMNH-17210 Pseudacris regilla Mammals


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker SDNHM May 23, 1937 SDNHM-17076 Aneides lugubris lugubris Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker SDNHM May 23, 1937 SDNHM-17077 Aneides lugubris lugubris Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17099 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17100 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17101 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17102 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17103 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17104 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17105 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17106 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17107 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17125 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17126 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados L. W. Walker & J. E. Green SDNHM-17127 May 23, 1937 SDNHM-37485 Elgaria nana Herps



In the News~

May 8, 1938 [SanDU]: “Channel Islands expedition finds rare specimens… Three members of the scientific party who returned here yesterday from an exploration trip in the Channel Islands: Lee Arnold, Lewis Walker with an immature bald eagle from Catalina Island, and J. Elton Green. The party reported heavy winds and seas on most of the trip…”


June 7, 1971 [LAT]: “Private funeral services for Lewis Wayne Walker, 65, one of the nation’s outstanding experts on desert wildlife, were held Sunday. Mr. Walker, who died Friday after open-heart surgery, had recently retired as associate director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson. He was a former curator of exhibits at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He had written more than 2000 articles for such magazines as National Geographic, Natural History and Nature and recently wrote a book, Survival Under the Sun. He was also one of the nation’s leading nature photographers. Mr. Walker leaves his wife, Melanie and a brother.”