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Upcoming Events

  • October 26

    Home school Program

    October 26th 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Sibley Welcomes West Texas Home school Co-op for a program on Native Peoples…


  • October 26

    Sibley at Midland Centennial Library

    October 26th 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

    Join Sibley Nature Center at the Centennial Library in Midland at 11:30 a.m. for a preview of our new preschool discovery program, Sibley Nature Tales and Trails. We will be readin…


  • October 27

    Gem and Mineral Society Meeting

    October 27th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The October General Meeting will be Thursday, October 27th, at Sibley Nature Center, 7:00 pm. We will focus on where we are in our preparedness and what we need to do to have a tru…


  • October 29

    Sibley at the Downtown Library's Fall Festival

    October 29th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Sibley Nature Center will be at the downtown Library to help celebrate their Harry Potter themed Fall Festival. We will be there to talk about some of the fantastical and magical b…


  • November 04

    School Program

    November 4th 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Sibley welcomes Bynum students…


Ambush predators are “sit-and-wait” strategists, capturing prey by stealth and speed.The ambush is characterized by an animal scanning the environment for a concealed position to launch a rapidly-executed surprise attack.Ambush predators are often camouflaged and solitary in their pursuit of prey, subjecting the predator to less risk of itself becoming prey.Praying mantises have exceptional camouflage.In addition to effective camouflage, praying mantises remain motionless for long periods of time until an acceptable prey item comes within reach---striking quickly and with precision with its raptorial front legs.(Unfortunately, the strike of this mantis was faster than the finger of this photographer when it captured a small native bee species).Foreleg grooming is a closely associated behavior after eating.When mantises do move, they are deliberate---often traveling forward and gently rocking back and forth, blending in with foliage swaying in the breeze.