Nature On display
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
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.