Who Are We?
Twelve of Florida's native bromeliads are threatened by an invasive bromeliad-eating weevil, the Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona). Florida's bromeliads are a unique and important part of Florida's ecology and their loss will affect many other species.
We are a group of land managers, organizations, scientists, and volunteers working together to save Florida's bromeliads.
People often ask me, who was Al Muzzell and what is the Al Muzzell Memorial Weevil Fund? In this interview, Karen Andreas, Chairperson of the Al Muzzle Memorial Weevil Fund, answers these questions. This is the short version.
There are many ways you can help. To find out how:
Dr. Teresa M. Cooper at
(20 Sep 2018)
The Trail Plants are on the Trails!
At the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, we are testing an entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, to protect our Trail Plants (giant airplants, Tillandsia utriculata) from the Mexican bromeliad weevil. 180 Trail Plants will be part of the experiment, 90 in a control group that will not be sprayed with the fungus and 90 in the treatment group that will be sprayed with the fungus. In this movie, we celebrate that we have finally gotten all 180 Trial Plants on the Trails!
We are protecting the giant airplants in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary from an invasive weevil by keeping the plants in large Conservation Cages. We moved the cages to a better location, with nice breezes and dappled sunlight. The plants will grow seeds and we will spread the seeds in the Forest.