Nature Activity: Tour of the Butterfly Garden By: alexandra Moore

As part of the Rainforest Layers area of the butterfly garden I really enjoyed seeing all of the butterfly's nestled in the trees. Before I read the information I kept walking past a large group of butterflies in the trees because they blended in and I never thought to look up.
The information display that explained the setup of the rainforest and hinted to us that we should check the trees for butterflies.
This exhibit caught my attention because it was so easy to walk by and have go unnoticed. The multiple times I passed by the information without stopping to read it, I also passed by groups of butterflies I would have missed. This experience taught me to always be on my guard and really pay attention to detail when investigating the natural world as much of it can go unnoticed if you don't know where to look. This information display was a helpful medium because it gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to appreciate the exhibit.
For Nature and Ethics I immediately thought of this display. As soon as I walked into the museum and came in contact with this wall I was stunned by the amazing color and beauty but also felt sad looking at a wall of dead butterflies. This relates to ethics because not all specimens are always taken ethically, aka they were found deceased and then preserved. My believe is that if it is already passed on then it is perfectly fine to preserve the body for learning and research purposes yet, if it is taken as a live specimen and killed for research that is not ethical.
Another ethical question is the Butterfly Garden itself. Is it really ethical to keep these creatures in an enclosure for the enjoyment of people? With animals especially it is hard to always make the distinction. For example, when visiting a zoo most people aren't thinking about the life of the animal as being less than; they are just enjoying the exhibits. However these animals like the butterflies, belong in the wild not in an enclosure. So what is the ethical reasoning for keeping them in the Garden other than for the enjoyment of paying customers?
The Natural History Museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by presenting us with creatures and exhibits that we don't get to normally come in contact with. Things of mystery or of the past that are expertly laid out to give the visitor the feeling they are stepping into a new world full of interesting and amazing creatures.
Exhibits like this truly help us appreciate the majesty and mystery of the human world. These jaws above represent creatures of mythical proportions that only exist to us as figments of our imagination. Museums like the Natural History Museum help bring us into contact and help us contextualize these fossils as being part of our history. Overall, museums help bring the past to life in exciting ways such as this display and go to provide actual evidence of natural wonders.

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