Nature On Display
The Butterfly Rainforest is the most appealing exhibit at the museum to me because the design allows us to admire many species of butterflies, birds, plants, and aquatic life all in one area. The compact ecosystem almost acts a simulation of the larger ecosystem here in Florida. This representation is not something that can be conveyed in books. It is also not very common to see so many butterflies in one place outside of the exhibit, so this offers a unique experience to see a wide range of species in a short amount of time and without having to travel great distances. I found the most enjoyment out of getting to be so close to nature and come in such close contact with the flora and fauna.
Nature and Ethics
The importance of conservation was strongly stressed throughout the entire exhibit. I was able to enjoy the presence of the various species without harming the ecosystem and any of the organisms involved. I felt like I was a small part being accepted into the world of the ecosystem as an observer rather than accepting the ecosystem as a part of my world. We were walking into a world that did not revolve around people; it was the home for all those diverse groups of animals and plants. By seeing the beauty of the diversity and delicate balance in the ecosystem, I felt more obligated to be more aware of my impact on the environment and hope for better conservation efforts for the future.