People have become increasingly aware that every living thing (including themselves) affects every other living thing in a very intricate interaction with the land, air, and water.
Florida EcoScapes explores the unique ecosystems that make up the state of Florida and include the following habitats: coral reefs, beaches, barrier islands, mangrove estuaries, Everglades, sloughs/swamps, upland pine forests, sinkholes, and live oak forests. This exhibits emphasis is upon the complex biological and physical interrelationships between water flow, water types, flora and fauna, and man’s effect on the natural systems.
Ecology can be said to be the study of the interrelationships of living things to one another and to their environment. One of the most important keys to these relationships is the role of water in the maintenance of habitats.
Water is the life-blood of natural systems. Florida’s water story is very unique. Its water cycle includes evapotranspiration, percolation, seasonal rainfall patterns, hurricanes, and drought-flood cycles. The delicate balance of water management between people, animal habitats, and the natural water cycle necessitates the awareness and sensitivity of the state’s inhabitants and visitors to these problems.
People are a part of the natural systems around them. Components of these systems, which have renewable as well as nonrenewable elements, are used by people as resources. Our choices of lifestyle and the decisions we make regarding those lifestyles have an effect on natural systems. We must learn to make positive choices through educational awareness and hands-on programming, as any decisions regarding the future of our natural systems must be based on scientific fact, not uneducated opinions.
The stability of life depends on the stability of our natural systems to provide food, water, shelter, and space. The diversity and complexity of these natural systems is essential to their success and survival, and ultimately, to our own.