IUF1000: Nature Activity at FLMNH Tara Bagherlee

nature on display

The Butterfly Garden/Exhibit at the FLMNH

The exhibit that was most appealing to me was the Butterfly Exhibit. Not only was it the most beautiful (with all the displays and the garden outside with the live demonstration), but it was also the most interesting. There are so many different species of butterflies and they are such unique creatures. Their entire life cycle, the migrations they endure, and their methods of mimicry and deception in order to drive predators away make them such magnificent insects - and I don't like bugs at all. From the exhibit, I learned about the intricacy of the species - every minute of their lives is calculated and there are so many different variations of butterflies. Butterflies are no simple and pretty sight to see - seeing the detail of which they live their (short) lives was fascinating. They are also beautiful and I loved watching them be released in the garden as well as observing all the different color and pattern variations on the large wall display.

nature and ethics

The Energy and Consumption Exhibit at the FLMNH

The exhibit where I felt the most ethical responsibility to nature was the Energy and Consumption Exhibit at the FLMNH. I truly got to see the effects of our actions as a human race that struggles with sustainability, recycling, and taking care of its environment. The "Our Energy Future" board clearly depicted what it means to be a member of the "biotic community" as opposed to a "conquerer of the land." If we continue to depend on the fossil fuels that pollute our "biotic community" and do not take actions to reduce our energy use, we will have no more "biotic community" to be members of. The colorful wheel set up measured our energy awareness in an attempt to make us aware of our potentially damaging daily practices. I felt a sense of obligation while walking through this exhibit - I was always aware of the impact our bad energy habits could have on our world, but sometimes I forget that we only have one planet. It was interesting and eye-opening to see the urgency of our planet's state depicted in a juvenile fashion for people of all ages to understand and comprehend the ethics behind our actions as citizens of the Earth.

nature and the human spirit

The Underwater Exhibit at the FLMNH

The FLMNH helps us step outside of our ordinary lives because it exposes us to the facets of Earth and our community that we do not normally experience or have contact with. The exhibit that helped me better appreciate the mystery and majesty of the natural world was definitely the underwater exhibit. The large sculptures of the invertebrates that once lived in our waters (and still do) opened my eyes to a world that normally so out of my exposure to it. An entirely different ecosystem exists underwater, even varying in location (ie. what lives in Florida's waters is not always what lives in England's waters.) This exhibit - down to the lighting to make it feel like the observers were underwater themselves - is the definition of appreciation for the mystery and majesty of the natural world. Our oceans and lakes are filled with an entire other world that we don't even know everything about - to see the invertebrates that exist in this ecosystem in an exhibit was fascinating, mysterious, and magical.

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