Dr. Kristen Lear and Steve Plath CSSA Webinar

Saturday, September 17th at 10 am PST

Supporting the Mutual Affair of Agaves and Bats

Program: The Bat Conservation International’s Agave Restoration Initiative aims to restore native agaves and natural Agave habitat across six U.S. and Mexican states. These efforts support three species of threatened pollinating bats: the Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis), the Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), and the Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) as well as rural community livelihoods.

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Registration Link 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DKPl1teJT9e-DRrNkG6POQ

Who is Dr. Kristen Lear?

Dr. Kristen Lear has over 15 years of experience protecting bats and sharing her passion with the public. She has led bat research and conservation projects in the US, Australia, and Mexico, coordinating international teams and guiding conservation policy for endangered species. Kristen is an award-winning public speaker and science communicator and has shared her story on platforms ranging from podcasts, radio shows, the National Geographic stage, and CBS’s “Mission Unstoppable”. Kristen currently leads Bat Conservation International’s Agave Restoration Initiative, a bi-national initiative to support threatened pollinating bat species and community livelihoods in the US and Mexico.

Who is Dr. Kristen Lear?

Steve Plath began growing native plants for ecological restoration as well as implementing field revegetation in 1994 at Castle Mountain Mine in the East Mojave Desert of California. He has worked for an assortment of environmental companies such as Bitterroot Restoration, Native Resources International and RECON Environmental, Inc. and has managed restoration projects in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Steve has been the manager of the Gila Native Plant Nursery for the Gila Watershed Partnership in Safford, Arizona for four years and prior to that he co-owned the native plant Nursery Signature Botanica LLC, with his wife Julie Plath, in Morristown, Arizona. He has grown plant material for assorted federal, state and county agencies as well as tribal communities and other conservation organizations.

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