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are responsible for the population declines in this species? Donna Howell had suggested that overharvesting of agaves to make bootleg tequila in the Sierra Madre of western Mexico 190 / Chapter 9 had reduced the lesser long-nosed bat’s food supply. Was this true, and how dependent is Lepto on the flowers of paniculate agaves and columnar cacti for food? Providing answers to these questions would motivate our research with this bat for the next decade. My first field season in the Sonoran Desert began in mid-April 1989, when I flew to Tucson with my usual large load