A Species on the Edge: Shaw’s Agave
May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Speaker: Ranger Adam Taylor
Synopsis: Shaw’s agave (Agave shawii) is a species of concern that is literally and figuratively living on the edge. It is found along the Southern California and Baja coastline often on crumbling cliff sides. Scattered across Cabrillo National Monument’s landscape, the conspicuous Shaw’s agave highlights the plight of global pollinators (in this case BATS!) and the plants that rely on them. Over the past several decades natural recruitment of new individuals on the Point Loma peninsula has been non-existent. Learn from our park’s biologist about the search for pollinators, plant genetics, and the fight against herbivores.
About the Author: Ranger Adam Taylor is a biologist at Cabrillo National Monument specializing in plant ecology. After receiving his master’s degree in Ecology from San Diego State University, he joined Cabrillo National Monument in 2014. Ranger Adam works with rare and endangered coastal sage scrub and chaparral plants while co-managing the park’s greenhouse for continued plant restoration.