Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH Lisa Lam

Nature On display

Lam, Lisa. "In the Butterfly Garden at FLMNH", Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

The most exciting and interesting exhibit for me at the FLMNH was the Butterfly Garden. I came at the time of their daily butterfly release and it was interesting to hear about fun facts about various butterflies. I thought the way the garden was designed was particularly appealing because of the bright colored flowers and benches that gave time for visitors to sit and watch the natural habitat of butterflies. Something that I realized that I wouldn't have realized through pictures or videos is how delicate and fragile butterflies actually are. With them being so delicate, I was caught by surprise to know that they have better senses than human, such as color vision, hearing, smell, and taste. I learned that butterflies have taste receptors on their feet which makes sense because I saw butterflies sitting on grapefruits and bananas. If the female butterflies like the taste of the fruit, they would then lay eggs on it.

I found my tour through the garden to be most interesting because of the diverse nature of butterflies. Every butterfly that I saw had a different pattern. To know that these patterns aid in the survival skills of each butterfly just shows how evolution and "survival of the fittest" is truly evident.

Nature & ethics

Lam, Lisa. "What is the Future of Coastal Fishing in Florida", Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

The Natural History Museum did give me the opportunity to experience nature that Leopold reccommends. In this particular exhibit, it shows how Florida estuaries are in danger because of Florida's growing population. Because of excessive polluted runoffs, we are destroying fish's habitats, furthermore, affecting the fishing industry. However, the focus is on the nature of our estuaries. Reading through this graphic, I realized that as a Florida resident, especially from the West coast of Florida, I have a responsibility to look out for polluted and littered beaches. Although beaches are often times seen as tourist sites and a place for people's place of relaxation and fun, beaches are also the homes of countless number of species.

Touring this exhibit with my roommates, we both felt a responsibility to take more responsibility in keeping our beaches clean. Because of this particular graphic, I feel the need to raise awareness to Florida residents, especially those that are residents on our coasts, to keep our beaches clean in order to keep the fish's home safe.

Nature & Human Spirit

Lam, Lisa. "Where did all the mammoths and mastodons go?", Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

The Natural History museum helped me step out of my ordinary life by exploring things in nature that isn't talked about on main stream social media or any medium of communication. From learning about wicked plants to the theories of extinction, I have learned about the mysteries that exist in nature. In this specific exhibit, mammoths and mastodons are believed to gone extinct for three reasons: hunting, climate change, and disease. For animals that have been gone for awhile now, it made me realize to be careful and appreciate what animals that are alive now. I also realized that parks like Busch Gardens, Seaward, and zoos exist because of the majestic nature of animals. There's still so much more to learn about animals and the mysteries drive our studies on them.

The more we learn about animals, the more we can connect with them in this natural world. As our human spirit connects with the animals, the worries of hunting should decrease as we are a part of this natural world together. Tying in with our ethical duties to nature, such a connection with animals and nature furthers our responsibility to take care of our natural world.

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