Nature Activity at the Florida Natural History Museum By: Darby Townsend

Nature and Ethics: Going to the "Butterfly Rainforest" exhibit of the Florida Natural History museum allowed me to really appreciate the butterflies and what they have to offer. Watching them in an environment similar to where they would be in the wild allowed me to observe how they ate food through their probosces and how they liked to fly around the whole enclosure. I found it particularly cool how the different butterflies were flying with other butterflies in small groups of 2-4 butterflies like they were either chasing each other or just flying as a group, like in the picture shown above to the right. The butterflies would also get so close to visitors either because they weren't scared and didn't mind humans being present or as if they were showing off for them. Other people in the exhibit seemed to also be excited by these creatures and take lots of pictures to try to preserve the memories and feelings they had in this exhibit. Seeing these fascinating creatures in this temperate environment allowed me to have an appreciation for this species and want to try to preserve them. They are not only important in many food webs in different environments, but they are also beautiful to look at and it would be a shame if they were all killed because of humans failing to see the importance of nature in our everyday lives.
Nature and the Human Spirit: Caves are one of the wondrous aspects of the natural world that look like nothing you see on the ground above them. The formations of caves take hundreds to thousands of years to all sorts of rock formations that can take your breath away. This museum exhibit of a cave recreates some formations you would find in these caves and transport people to a world of rock formations and how water slowly shape caves and many of their unique features. When I step into this exhibit, I immediately think of how fascinating caves are and how so much of caves are unknown because of their vast size and the possible dangers of the cave collapsing as people explore new areas of them. I think about how it must be so exciting to explore these caves and be one of the first people to witness this part of the environment and possibly uncover huge stalagmites or stalactites of wondrous size and beauty. Just by going to a museum exhibit of a cave can allow people to step outside of their daily lives to appreciate the beauty of this natural creation, even if we don't fully understand everything about them. (This picture is of the cave in the "Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife" exhibit.)
Nature on Display: This exhibit shows many chrysalises various stages of development. I find it aesthetically pleasing that it not only shows the life of a developing butterfly's chrysalis in its various stages, but that the chrysalises are lined in a way where the color gradually changes as you move your eyes towards the other side of the enclosure. I Looking at this exhibit allows me to have a better understanding and appreciation of what a butterfly goes through when it is in the middle of its metamorphosis. This medium helps me understand it better than a drawing or a picture because I get to see how it happens in the real world and develop my own perspective of what is happening rather than just looking at another's person's perspective of how they see this process. This exhibit along with the rest of the "Butterfly Rainforest" allowed me to enjoy my visit to the museum by allowing me to have first hand experience of how butterflies interact in their environment and allow me to have a better appreciation of the species.

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