SAVE FLORIDA'S BROMELIADS CONSERVATION PROJECT
Sponsors and Collaborators
Following are the names and links of our sponsors and collaborators. Without these organizations and people, this work would not be possible.
Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies
The Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies (FCBS) is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization that serves the bromeliad enthusiasts of Florida. The FCBS has been helping save Florida's bromeliads since the Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona) first arrived in Florida in 1989. The FCBS has provided funding for research, field expeditions, and supplies, as well as actively participated in research projects. The FCBS has helped greatly in disseminating information about the Mexican bromeliad weevil and Florida's bromeliads. The FCBS maintains the Al Muzzell Weevil Fund. Donations made to this fund are used to pay for research and conservation efforts and allow us to continue our work to save Florida's bromeliads. All donations are tax deductible.
Friends of the Carlton Reserve
The Friends of the Carlton Reserve matched funds with the FCBS to build a cage at the Carlton Reserve, to protect giant airplants.
University of Florida
Indian River Research and Education Center
Research on the Mexican bromeliad weevil, the potential biological control agent, and Florida's bromeliads, as well as bromeliads from Belize, has been and is being performed at the University of Florida, Indian River Research and Education Center.
University of Florida
Entomology and Nematology Department
Early research on the Mexican bromeliad weevil began at University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department in Gainesville, Florida, including mapping the weevil's progress across central and southern Florida; measuring bromeliad mortality caused by the weevil; and understanding weevil and bromeliad interactions and demographics.
Participating Natural Areas
Selby Botanical Gardens, along with Naples Botanical Garden, is rescuing giant airplants (Tillandsia utriculata) and the strap-leaved guzmania (Guzmania monostachia) from the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park for seed production and repopulating the Fakahatchee Preserve. As well, they are doing research to improve conservation efforts.
Naples Botanical Garden, along with Selby Botanical Gardens, is rescuing giant airplants (Tillandsia utriculata) and the strap-leaved guzmania (Guzmania monostachia) from the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park for seed production and repopulating the Fakahatchee Preserve. As well, they are doing research to improve conservation efforts.
managed by the
Lemon Bay Park
South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve
Florida's bromeliads could not be saved without the many dedicated, hard-working, and talented volunteers who give their time and skills to help. I am honored to work with these wonderful people, who love the wonders of the natural world and who actively participate to keep such wonders alive.