Nature on Display
The Rearing Lab Exhibit was very appealing to me because it opened my eyes to the process of raising butterflies and moths. I had very limited prior knowledge about the development of pupae but reading the description and looking at each stage of the process inside the lab expanded my awareness about the process. This is important because understanding and appreciating this natural process is a prerequisite to maximizing this nature experience which made my experience much more enjoyable. This exhibit captured my attention because there were real pupae and butterflies emerging and drying, and some even moving. One important thing that I learned about the natural world, and the local environment of Gainesville, is that the various exotic butterflies, moths and their parasites can damage the local environment which is why the USDA regulates all the insects inside the exhibit.
Nature and Ethics
The Natural History Museum did provide me an opportunity to experience nature parallel to what Leopold advocates for. The picture on the left at the Wall of Wings Exhibit shows dead, real-life butterflies and acts as an educational resource to viewers in helping them understand different types of butterflies. As mentioned earlier, on the right is the Rearing Lab with real life butterflies emerging and drying from their cocoons. Both of these pictures mirror Leopold's "appreciate the land" belief because they both act as an educational reference as well as ensuring the preservation and development of various species of butterflies. This made me feel valued because it is clear that a lot of work has been put in members of the Florida Museum of Natural History to make visitors' experiences very appealing with the potential of having repeat guests. From observing other visitors, it also seemed like they enjoyed their time at the museum. The museum effectively used the outdoor Butterfly Rainforest to connect visitors to the outside world and give them a taste of what goes on daily. Overall, my experience at the museum made me realize that I have sometimes taken nature for granted and that I should appreciate mother nature more often and take care of it.