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Agave Restoration


Agave Restoration


Bats Need Agave
agave
Copyright: Bill Hatcher

Native to the hot and arid regions of the Southwestern United States, Mexico, and South America, agaves spend their lives building up sugars for the moment when they send a massive flowering stalk up into the sky. This flowering stalk serves as an essential food source for hungry migrating bats, including the binationally endangered Mexican long-nosed bat and the lesser long-nosed bat. These bats will follow the agave bloom northward, where they will give birth to their young.

 

 

Restoring Wild Agave
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Image: Dan Taylor / Bat Conservation International

We’ve embarked on an ambitious initiative to plant agaves across the range of nectar-feeding bats from Central Mexico north to the Southwestern United States. We are working to bolster wild agave populations in key areas near nectar roosts and migratory pathways to help ensure the long-term success of both agave and bat populations. We will engage a broad range of partners, volunteers,students, and biologists in the planting and restoration efforts to ensure agaves are planted where the bats need them most. Across their range wild and cultivated agave are harvested and their habitats converted to other uses before they bloom – leaving bats hungry. Housing developments, illegal harvesting, roadways, and other impervious sources have replaced historical agave patches.

Funding for this project has been generously provided by the Bently Foundation, XTO Energy and our wonderful donors, like you. 


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