Nature on Display: Frogs, A Chorus of Colors
The exhibit that I chose to focus on for this section of the sparkstory is called "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors." I chose this exhibit because it really appelaed to me both asthetically and content wise. The exhibit was mainly comprised of different types of frogs in glass cases. I really likekd how I could observe real frogs in theri individual habitats. Seeing the forgs in action gave me a deeper understanding of them and their behavior. I much prefered this to reading about them. I also liekd the lighting f the museum, which was very dark. The dark interior really placed an emphasis on the bright colors of many of the frogs. I definitely learned a lot about different frog species through observing the frogs, reading the informational placards, and playing interactive games.
My favorite part of the exhibit was the dart poison frogs. They were so colorful taht they almost looked like toys. I have never seen fogs like that before. This exhibit offered a really unique opportunity to observe animals that we would not otherwise have the chance to observe.
Nature and Ethics: South Florida People and Environments
For this part I chose an exhibit called South Florida people and enviornments. This exhibit really conveys the importance or responsible and sustainable coastal living through interactive displays focused on the native inhabitants of Florida, sustainable fishing and agriculture, and contemporary ecological issues unique to the state of Florida. The exhibit emphases the past practices of the native people who lived in Flrida. Informational placrads and dioramas display how they lived as one with the land. This ties back in with Leopold's thinking which focuses on respecting nature rather than conquering it. Through seeing how past people lived, I was able to gain a better understanding of our agriculural and fishing practices today and how they can be more sustainable.
Another part of the exhibit focuses on plant growth on the coasts of Florida, particularly mangroves. I found this replication of mangroves to be very helpful in visualising what was being talked about on the placards and boards.
This board in particular explains in detail the importance of mangroves in Florida and the current ecologial threats facing mangroves and sea grasses. This information really helped me to understand the ecological significance of mangroves and the need to help preserve them.
Nature and the human spirit: Evolution of Life and Land exhibit
For this section, I chose an exhibit titled, "The Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land." I chose this exhibit because I think that it truly conveys the wondrous and often mysterious nature of the world in which we live in by making us think about how we go here in the first place. The exhibit contains fossils from each epoch along with information pertaining to them. It really helped me to better understand and appreciate the complexity of evolution and left me in awe of how nature works. It is humbling to realize all that has come before us.
Reconstructed skeleton of giant sloth!
My favorite part of this exhibit was the displays of reconstructed skeletons of prehistoric animals. This giant sloth was among the largest ones. I found it very engaging to actually see the physical skeletons of these creatures. It helped me realize their true size.
I found this quote to be particularly relevant to this section of the sparkstory because it conveys the mysterious and almost magical nature of evolution. Realizing that the world could have taken many different paths made me truly appreciate the complexity of evolution and the steps that it took to get to where we are today.