When exploring the various parts of the Florida Natural Museum of History, 2 parts piqued my interest the most: the area of flora and fauna of Florida, as well as the section featuring Native American life and artifacts. These sections seemed to encompass Nature on Display, Nature and Ethics, and Nature the Human Spirit quite well.
Nature on Display
While going through this section, many parts of it amazed me. Plants and animals that no longer exist were on display, and had me thinking about the role evolution played to shape today's ecology.
Some displays were interactive, allowing viewers to click buttons and hear the sounds of certain birds that are native to Florida. This, I believe, enhanced my experience. Though just a minor part, it brings the exhibition to life.
The harmonious nature of the environment was also showcased at the museum. One section, focused on commensal species of plants and animals in Florida. The display was not very large, however it served to highlight the equilibrium that is found in nature. Though we may not think about it often, it is these symbiotic relationships that shape the ecology that surrounds us.
Nature and Ethics
I personally believe that we as humans have an ethical obligation to protect and preserve our environment in whatever way possible. The displays, such as the one pictured, only confirmed this belief. Many of the displays that included depictions of plants and animals highlighted the beauty that can be found in nature, thus furthering my passion for ecological preservation.
Though bogs are a large part of Florida's environment, many times we don't realize the importance of them as an ecosystem. This may be because they are not the most aesthetically pleasing environments. Despite that, I believe they hold a lot of beauty, just because of their ability to sustain so many organisms. The included visual about bogs changed my perspective to this, from one that didn't care much about these environments initially.