Nature on Display
I found the Butterfly Rainforest to be one of the most appealing exhibits because it immerses guests in nature. I like that the exhibit was interactive; guests of the museum have an opportunity to walk through the space and observe different types of butterflies, birds and plants - all coming together to form a single ecosystem. The varying colors and the movement of the butterflies really captured my attention, helping me to appreciate nature. I think the Butterfly Rainforest is such an effective exhibit because you aren't just gaining information, but rather an experience. This distinguishes the exhibit from others in the museum.
Nature and Ethics
I am a big supporter of moving towards sustainability, which is why I agree with Leopold's beliefs towards conservation efforts. I do feel that the more people “love, respect, and admire” nature, the more able we are to tackle environmental problems. When we, as humans, appreciate nature we are more likely to address issues such as deforestation and climate change.
I appreciate how the Natural History Museum makes an effort to visually recreate different ecosystems because this establishes a more personal connection between guests and nature. For example, even though a person may not live near the beach, the sea turtle exhibit may educate a museum visitor and inspire them to facilitate change. Many threats to sea turtles are caused by humans; these threats include light pollution during hatching season and the harmful disposal of trash and plastics along the coast. The exhibit forces guests to recognize these problems and it calls for ethical responsibility from the public.