Science in Action: Shaw’s Agave

Cabrillo National Monument


Scattered across the landscape here at Cabrillo National Monument, the conspicuous Shaw’s Agave (Agave shawii) portrays a perfect example of the plight of global pollinators and the consequences of their decline to those that rely on them. Low replenishment of new individuals to the Agave population represents the threat of greatest concern, leading Cabrillo biologists to investigate this striking decline and it’s potential causes. This work supports a federal effort to understand and protect these native plant communities and those dependent on them. The National Park Service strives to foster resilient ecosystems, ensuring the well-being of current and future generations.