“Agaves and Bats – A Plant-Pollinator Love Story”

 A smiling woman wears a lit headlamp, a plaid shirt, and white gloves while she holds a golden-brown bat with an outstretched wing. The image is overlaid over a background of a plant with dark green, vertically-orientated leaves with yellow, serrated edges.

When: Thursday, March 18th 6:30 PM PST – 7:30 PM PST
Where: Zoom link will be sent before the event to those who register
Who: Dr. Kristen Lear – bat conservationist, NatGeo Explorer, IF/THEN Ambassador
How: Register for this free public program here
Audience: All are welcome!

Program Description:

Agaves are iconic plants across Mexico and the US Southwest, including Cabrillo National Monument. The towering stalks of agaves provide abundant nectar that feeds bats and many other pollinators. Come learn about the special relationship between nectarivorous bats and agaves as well as some surprising bat/agave interactions, and hear about how Bat Conservation International is restoring agaves to protect endangered bats.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Kristen Lear is a bat conservationist, NatGeo Explorer, and AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador whose work experience includes bat research, conservation, and education in the US, Australia, and Mexico. She is currently an Endangered Species Interventions Specialist at Bat Conservation International, where she leads the organization’s Agave Restoration Initiative in the US Southwest and Mexico to protect endangered pollinating bats.