Cover photo taken by Benjamin Lantinberg
NATURE ON DISPLAY
My favorite area of the Natural History Museum, by far, is the Butterfly garden. Walking into the huge green house immediately immerses you into the environment of nature and life. Lush greenery and a comfortably warm garden is extremely welcoming and draws in visitors of all ages. Though a butterfly garden in majority, there is so much nature besides that. Streams, greenery, and even small birds and other insects fill the space. Getting to spend my time in a room that seemed so foreign and exotic to the campus I had been spending my time helped to shake up the daily rut of being on campus. Being transported to a different place is such a cool feeling, especially when all you have to do is walk through the door.
Nature & Ethics
Before you enter the butterfly garden, you walk through the actual exhibit. There are walls and walls of information and butterflies in display cases. So many have gone extinct for different reasons. There are panels on diet, migration, and everything that deals with a butterfly's life. Seeing how they have evolved and lived before diving into their environment makes you appreciate their delicate beauty, especially seeing how there is such a wide variety of wings style around the world. Understanding how they have lived around the world and then spending time with them makes you appreciate conservation and protection. The creatures are so delicate and helpless, so it is our duty as citizens to protect them through our conservation efforts. It is up to mankind and mankind only to conserve them.