Florida Museum Of Natural History By Yonatan Zigdon

The exhibit I found most appealing was the Butterfly exhibit. What peaked my interest at this exhibit was the immense tropical setting enclosed in a giant glass encased room. From tall beautiful palm trees, running waterfalls to small birds this forest had an extensive array of biodiversity. At many different stations in the Butterfly exhibit were grapefruits set up to feed the butterflies roaming the glass dome. I enjoyed this exhibit more than the others because I was literally inside a room filled with live butterflies and in the other exhibits I was being surrounded by a stage filled with artifacts and statues. After I had left the Butterfly room I passed by the lab rooms. The tents setup in these labs to nurture large numbers of baby butterflies were adorable. You can look through the glass screen and see 3-6 different types of baby butterflies being grown and eventually set free into the forest on sight.

The Natural History Museum certainly raised my level of appreciation and love for nature as a whole. Growing up I always felt attached to nature and never strayed from protecting it when others would act carelessly. The mouth I am standing in front of in the picture is a species of megalith sharks that sadly, no longer exist. Putting these magnificent pieces of nature on display can give an extra sense of responsibility to people to conserve the amazing things in this world. Walking through the museum I felt a sense of obligation to leave the most minimal imprint on nature as possible while continuing to pursue my life goals and dreams. My friend David who I went along with on this adventure through the museum was also stunned at the many amazing species that no longer exist due in part to humans. But the museum was not created to instill shame or sorrow into those who see what is no longer living but instead to open our eyes up to our effects on the worldly biotic community.

The Florida Museum of Natural History allowed me to break from my daily class schedule and take my mind off of everything. When I walked through the museum, all that was running through my mind was nature. Specifically how appreciative of it we should be. The universe is a wildly diverse place and every time I learn something new about it, I fell even more accomplished. At the museum you can walk through many different exhibits that feel as if you are actually inside nature. Such as the underwater exhibit where you will find yourself under blue wavy lighting surrounded by human sized crabs, giant sea turtles and beautiful plants. Truly enhancing the experience of learning about the specific exhibit. Looking through natural history gives me a better perspective on how old and diverse our earth is, and how we must help keep it that way.

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