My interest here was primarily caught by the immersive experience offered by exhibits like the butterfly and tropical plant enclosure. Being able to actually walk through the scene instead of looking at preserved specimens make it much easier to appreciate the inter-connectedness of animals and the plants they rely on. Joined with the beauty of seeing these features alive and moving through the exhibit made a very enjoyable trip.
Along with the previous experience, reading about possible outcomes of climate change in as vulnerable a location as we are certainly created a feeling of responsibility for our actions. I learned about the mostly unnoticed diversity of Florida's ecosystems and how we are likely to see some of the first effects of climate change living so close to the equator and ocean. Mentioned before, this was fortified by the chance to interact with the environment in the butterfly exhibit instead of viewing it from behind a glass frame to help the viewers realize that we can't separate ourselves from the ecosystems we exploit so easily and that its time to take responsibility for the damage we create.
Throughout several parts of the museum, connections to the modern generation are bridged by references to ancient life, dating back several epochs. Like the caves area where I learned about both cave ecology and recent uses, like with the Natives who used them as hiding spaces during the United States rapid expansion onto previously owned territory. It was very interesting to be shown two sides of natural history, the purely non-living side and the human implementation .