Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH Madeline Borcyk

Nature on Display

Me outside of the "Butterfly Rainforest"
  • The butterfly display before the entrance of the Butterfly Rainforest is my favorite exhibit since I love all of the colors, shapes, and sizes on the walls.
  • The exhibit captured my attention the very first time I visited the FLMNH due to the sheer size of the display. The butterflies stretching up to the ceiling and the multitude of the insects themselves was shocking and amazing. I also enjoyed the exhibit that demonstrated how to pin insects as well as the exhibit that showed the process of "farming" butterflies throughout their lifetime.
  • I learned about the magnitude of the species of butterflies in the world. The fact that there were so many species of butterflies in one room that didn't even represent the amount of species on the planet was awe-inspiring. This is something that I would not have understood just by walking through the "Butterfly Rainforest" since a person cannot witness all of the butterflies in there at one time. To see them all displayed on the walls is truly magnificent.
  • I enjoyed going to the museum alone for the first time since I could wander throughout the exhibits as I pleased, not being rushed along when I wanted to pause to read a plaque. I love science and history, so having to visit the museum as an assignment does not feel like a burden.

Nature and Ethics

Me standing in the house at "Our Energy Future" and also in the hall of "Earth's Sixth Extinction
  • The Natural History Museum provides the way to experience nature in the way that Leopold feels by highlighting animals that have gone extinct in due to human causes and calling this the next big extinction event. I felt better about humanity, however, when looking at the "Our Energy Future" exhibit since this is the attempt that humans are making in order to save the environment.
  • I felt disappointed in the human race while walking through the hall of extinction and I was only seeing a small fraction of the animals that humans have forced out of this world. On the other hand, I felt proud that humanity was trying to make a difference in the impact that we have had upon this world in the "Our Energy Future" exhibit.
  • Small children especially loved the "Our Energy Future" exhibit due to the hands-on nature of the exhibit by opening the doors and pushing buttons. I didn't witness anyone pause in the Hall of Extinction, however, which could point to the greater theme of humanity to turn away from tragic incidents the we have caused.
  • The Natural History Museum allowed visitors to connect with nature through exhibits such as the "Butterfly Rainforest" where butterflies could actually land on visitors as they walked through. The hall of extinction created a deep and personal connection with viewers due to the portraits and statement on our extinction event.
  • My experience in the museum certainly instilled the ethical responsibility that Leopold imagines since I always feel guilty about the impact we have on the world around us. Helping the earth is part of my goals for the future and the museum just renews my passion for this prospect.

Nature and the Human Spirit

Me in front of the Megalodon jaw in Shark Jaw Row (Left), Shark Jaw Row (Top Right), Me in front of the giant ground sloth in the Walk through Time (Bottom Left), and me in front of the American Mastodon (Bottom Right)
  • The Natural History Museum helps us step out of our normal lives bu showing us the fossils of animals that came long before us. The megalodon jaw, the giant ground sloth, and the American mastodon show us the size difference of the beasts that came before as well.
  • The fossils help us better understand the evolution of our species and of the animals around us through physical representation of our ancestors. The "Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land" exhibit truly reflects the mystery and majesty of the natural world by displaying the animals of the past that we otherwise wouldn't see. Seeing the exhibit in person is an especially mysterious event since it helps you understand the scale of the animals in the past compared to your own height.

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