Good life Nature Activity at the Florida Museum of Natural History Jessica schrier

Introduction to the Florida Museum of Natural History

"The functions of the Florida Museum of Natural History, located at the University of Florida, are to make scientific investigations toward the sustained development of natural resources and a greater appreciation of human cultural heritage, including, but not limited to, biological surveys, ecological studies, environmental impact assessments, in-depth archaeological research, and ethnological analyzes, and to collect and maintain a depository of biological, archaeological, and ethnographic specimens and materials in sufficient numbers and quantities to provide within the state and region a base for research on the variety, evolution, and conservation of wild species; the composition, distribution, importance, and functioning of natural ecosystems; and the distribution of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites and an understanding of the aboriginal and early European cultures that occupied them." (Quote taken from the website for FLMNH)

Nature on Display

This particular exhibit above I found very interesting. It was about cave formations but rather than presenting you with an overwhelming amount of information about caves you were immersed inside what it would actually be like if you were in a cave. I'm a very tactile learner so for me this was easier to understand rather than long paragraphs about the item itself. The exhibit was rather accurate in its depiction of the cave formations so much so that next to the real thing I doubt you'd be able to tell the difference.

Nature and Ethics

Inside the Florida Museum of Natural History the best part, in my opinion, is in the butterfly garden/exhibit. I'm using this particular part of the exam as the reason I felt different once leaving. These beautiful creatures that live in our environment need to be protected and by neglecting our environment we are damaging their home. Other people I assume would react in a similar way, wanting to protect these creatures from danger and even possible future extinction. It was a little sad that these beautiful butterflies have less and less land to create a home in because humans are so prone to destroying things that don't belong to them and so I think if more people were introduced to this information and were able visit this exhibit they would be more careful when doing things that could potentially harm the environment.

Nature and the Human Spirit

I'm using the above pictures as examples of stepping out of the ordinary because it is a picture of me next to some poison dart frogs. It's not so often that you get to be that close to a poisonous animal that resides typically in the rainforest out of reach. It's crazy to think that such a small organism could do such tremendous damage to something twenty times its size. Seeing these frogs so close really allows you to step back and appreciate nature in its raw state. There is nothing done to these frogs that aren't naturally occurring in nature and lots of organisms we probably haven't discovered yet and organisms we know very little about. Much of life is a mystery, one that gets more complex as time goes on.

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