Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH HUbert Zhao

I found the exhibit of the American Mastodon the most appealing, and the personification of Nature on display. 80-90% of the exhibit is actual fossil material, and the original medium along with the skeletal reconstruction really bring about the intense size and reality of this prehistoric creature. I almost felt like I was right next to a giant living and breathing mastodon and that it might just hop off and start walking—something I could not achieve with just a picture. Not only was this exhibit really awesome but I learned how the natural world is always changing. This creature is extinct, but when it lived it roamed through present day Florida. Never having imagined elephant like beings would be in Florida, I have grown to appreciate the diversity and the beauty of creation.
I definitely felt Leopold's urges when I saw the exhibit of endangered species. While looking upon frames of these beautiful and innocent creatures, I couldn't help but want to take part in saving life and preserving biodiversity on earth. I also noticed that many other exhibits displayed humans living in community with nature, a hopeful sign that we can work out a symbiotic way to live. NHM further allows us to connect deeper with nature through the interactive butterfly exhibit, which I will talk about in the next slide.
I believe that the butterfly museum was a great way in which the NHM helped us to step out of our own lives and appreciate the beauty of creation. Through walking in the lush tropical forest and viewing upon fleeting butterflies of iridescence, I could was one with the majesty of nature. The flowers smiled and the birds beckoned my attention, as if they had something to say to me. As I continued down the path I started to think about how I have a role in this beautiful community and how we as humans should use our intelligence and power to not mindlessly devastate the earth but instead work to protect and develop the natural world we live in. This was the last thing I did at the museum, and it was a perfect culmination of the meaning, ethics, and beauty of nature.

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