The Florida Museum of Natural History Sophie Nasrullah

NATURE ON DISPLAY: I can genuinely say that I love everything about the Florida Museum of Natural History. I love insects, I love the study of entomology, and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity does incredible research (I was actually offered a position at their lab this semester but had to turn it down because of the number of hours I work- I'm still mourning it). With that being said, I love the butterfly rainforest with my whole heart. I could have stayed in there for hours. It reminds me a lot of the Butterfly Pavillon in Westminster, Colorado, that I grew up going to regularly. Overall, my love for bugs and memories from my childhood made the butterfly rainforest a very enjoyable experience. I aim to take advantage of my time as a UF student with free entrance to the museum regularly.
NATURE AND ETHICS: I thought that the exhibit dedicated to the sustainability of fishing was incredibly interesting. I think that like many issues we are dealing with in contemporary society, out of sight out of mind seems to be the mentality on sustainability. When we live in an era of having little to do with the actual process of acquiring food, we forget just how much of an impact we have on the earth. This particular exhibit reminded me a lot of a documentary I watched a couple of years ago called 'Cowspiracy'. It deals with sustainable agricultural practices and talks a lot about fishing. The oceans are not just declining but collapsing. It is our responsibility to realize these things and take action. I am glad I saw this exhibit and was reminded of how much we have to do.
NATURE AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT: I believe that in order to make meaningful connections to the human spirit in the present day, it is essential to understand the past. That is what I loved about this exhibit, South Florida People & Environments. I learned so much about the Calusa people and was fascinated by their way of life. It also helped me stop and reflect. I am currently taking an American history class and we are discussing the colonization of North America and the ultimate upheaval of the Native American people. I love how this exhibit delves into who these people were on an actual human level; when reading about the killings of thousands in a textbook, these numbers sound so arbitrary. When actually learning about who these people were and how they lived day to day, it makes the process of learning about the brutal past much more meaningful and personal. I think who we are as a species and why we choose to do the sometimes horrific things we do is a mystery of nature in itself.

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