Nature Activity at FLMNH By: kyle sCheller

A very vibrantly colored butterfly in the butterfly exhibit
One of the very many framed butterflies, showing the diversity among the species.

Nature on Display: The butterfly exhibit was the most appealing exhibit to me. It displayed hundreds of butterflies in an outdoor exhibit surrounded by colorful plants. Because the exhibit was outdoors, it was a perfectly fine place for the butterflies to live. Sometimes when you go to a zoo or an aquarium, the space for the animals seems too small. Unlike most, this exhibit felt very humane. Because of the tour guide, who was releasing the butterflies, I also learned about the differences between some of the butterflies, and their migrating patterns.

Miami coastline now
The possible Miami coastline in the year 3000

Nature and Ethics: This representation of what could happen to the Florida coastline in a generally short amount of time speaks volumes to the impact that we humans have on the environment. Since the industrial revolution, too many of us have treated the earth as a place to conquer, instead of treating it as a biotic community that we are intertwined with. I feel like this museum really provides its goers with sense the sense of nature that Leopold recommends. The museum did a great job in establishing a sense of appreciation for the world and its inhabitants. The large section dedicated to the different fossils found nearby really cemented how small we really are in the grand scheme of things. Fossils from thousands of years ago, some before humans existed really allows the viewers to see that humans haven't existed for that long. So many other species have dominated the Earth, yet we are the only species to start destroying it. The before and after pictures really show the toll that we have put on the Earth. The entire museum made me want to have a positive impact on the environment, and hopefully others felt the same way.

Interesting exhibit showing woodwork carved from shark teeth
The jaw of an extinct Megalodon shark
Crab larvae underneath a microscope

Nature and human spirit: The natural history museum allows us to have a greater understanding of the world around us. It connects us with nature- past and present. It allows us to ponder our position in the world, and shows how we can impact it. It lets us think we are the greatest, most impact-full species to ever roam this Earth, but then we stand next to gigantic Megalodon jaw that completely engulfs us. Luckily, right when we start feeling a little too small, we can look underneath the microscope and see a minuscule crab larvae. The world is full of mystery. How can the scope of life range from something so tiny to something so large. We like to set ourselves apart from these other living creatures, but once we start appreciating how we are all interconnected, then we will truly recognize our position on planet Earth.

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