Nature on Display
As a recreation of a mudflat ecosystem, this exhibit transports you to a completely different environment in less than a second. Perhaps considered one of the lesser popular exhibits, it is located right after the bats' exhibit, which greatly contrasts the small, enclosed and dark atmosphere of a cave. Having lived my entire life near the cost, mudflats were always a common sight; however, before I visited the museum I was unaware that such areas had a specific name along with a strict set of characteristics. The inclusion of realistic looking species also created a more believable yet, controlled atmosphere that allows the viewer to imagine that they are in a real mudflat while at the same time reading about it. By creating displays that resemble ecosystems found in our own region, it is possible to not only educate the population on their distinct aspects, but also on how to take care of them.
Nature and Ethics
One of the best examples of Leopold's "biotic communities" can be perceived through the lifestyle that the original inhabitants of Florida carried out. In these exhibition, not only were their societal and cultural practices explained, but also their relationship with the environment that surrounded them. As hunters, gatherers and farmers, they heavily relied on the health of their ecosystem; therefore, many Native American tribes shared common beliefs about the respect that nature had to be given. Each element in nature, such as water, soil, fish, etc. was treasured. They believed in the power that mother nature had over them and they sought to make good use of everything that they were provided by her. Entering these exhibitions always transports you to a time were there was no such thing as an excessive waste of resources, smog in the air, and even oils spills polluting vast amounts of rivers and oceans. With this knowledge, even thought there is no revert from the industrial and technological revolution that has taken over our world, we may still be able to live in harmony with nature by showing the same respect and adequate uses of the resources found in nature and that the Native Americans so greatly valued.