This Adobe Spark story will chronicle my adventures while visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History. When I was younger, my parents took me to this museum but that was at least ten years ago, so I am excited to see how the museum has changed and developed over that span of time. I have always had a great love of nature, and I look forward to learning all that I can during my time at the museum!
NATURE ON DISPLAY
The first exhibit that caught my attention upon entering the museum was the Butterfly Rainforest. I was intrigued at the fact that the enclosure incorporated human interaction with live butterflies, and that I would be stepping first hand into the home of the butterflies to view them in a recreated version of their natural habitat. To my surprise, the exhibit contained dozens of species of butterflies all flying free within the enclosure. They were stunning, and I even got to experience the rare occurrence of one landing on me while I was seated on a bench within the enclosure! While observing the butterflies' behavior I was able to discover some very interesting things about them, such as that they tend to rest on rocks just above the surface of water in order to drink. I really enjoyed the fact that I was able to walk through the open enclosure and view the animal's behavior first hand, and then upon exiting was able to read in depth about each species through exerts covering the inner walls of the museum. Being immersed in nature really allowed me to relax and let go of my stress, which made for a very enjoyable and educational experience.
NATURE AND ETHICS
Keeping in line with the beliefs of Leopold, I found the Frog exhibit to be particularly fitting for the nature and ethics category. As I walked throughout the exhibits, I couldn't help but think about the ethical implications of keeping the frogs in such small enclosures, as is pictured in my photographs that I have provided above. Although the exhibits are used as a teaching tool for visitors, I do not believe that the frogs should be subjected to such treatement, simply for the education of curious individuals. The frog exhibits showed endangered and rare frog species from all over the world, and the live frogs were accompanied by long written excerpts and interactive activities that taught visitors about conservation efforts to maintain the frogs as a healthy species. I sat back for awhile and observed the interactions of many of the people around me, and I found that the other visitors were very engaged in observing the frogs from behind the glass, and it was evident that they were making that connection with nature that Leopold spoke so highly of. The frogs were beautiful specimens, and although I did enjoy viewing live samples of them, I couldn't help but feel guilty for the treatment they were expieriencing for my viewing pleasure.