Join Sibley Nature Center in discovering odonates at the 4th Annual Dragonfly Celebration! Sponsored by Dr. Jose R. and Mary L. Ensenat, this year's celebration spans three events featuring dragonfly experts, Dr. John and Kendra Abbott.
An Evening with John Abbott
Fri., Aug. 11, 7 p.m.
The Dragonfly Celebration begins with "An Evening with Dr. John Abbott." Join us inside Sibley Nature Center, where Dr. Abbott will transport you into the Secret Lives of Dragonflies and Damselflies. He will reveal where and how these amazing animals live, and why he has chosen to study them. This is a free public program held in the Sibley Auditorium.
Dragonflies of Sibley
Sat., Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dragonflies love to hang around ponds and so do we! That’s why the 2017 Dragonfly Celebration is happening at Sibley’s Pond! Just park in the Sibley Parking lot and follow the signs to our shaded pond (or catch a ride on the "Dragonfly Express." The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with places to observe dragonflies, crafts, a dragonfly gift shop, and more. At 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. John and Kendra Abbott will lead dragonfly walks around the pond, identifying dragonflies and sharing their knowledge. The celebration is free to the public.
Sat., Aug. 12, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For the dragonfly enthusiast the day doesn’t end at 12:30! Instead, join Dr. John and Kendra Abbott for lunch inside Sibley Nature Center followed by a two-hour in depth session on dragonfly identification. Dr. Abbott will share the little clues that dragonfly professionals use to tell one species from another.
Registration is required and space is limited. Fees are $25 for Sibley members or $30 for non-members, which includes a box lunch and beverage. Click here to register now!
If you are traveling to Midland to participate in this workshop, a special hotel rate of $90 (including breakfast) +tax is available Friday, Aug. and Saturday, Aug. 12 at The Hilton Garden Inn. Click here to book your stay.
About Dr. John and Kendra Abbott:
John and Kendra are professional nature photographers, educators and outdoor enthusiasts based in Tuscaloosa, AL. John has spent much of his career and life in Texas studying insects and in particular dragonflies and damselflies. He is now the Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama Museums. John has authored many papers on aquatic insects and written several books including the Dragonflies and Damselflies of the South-central United States, the Damselflies of Texas, and the Dragonflies of Texas. He is also the creator of several citizen science initiatives including OdonataCentral (http://www.odonatacentral.org), the MigratoryDragonflyPartnership (www.migratorydragonflypartnership.org), and PondWatch (www.PondWatch.org). Kendra is an ecologist who focuses on species in need of conservation. Among the many projects John and Kendra are currently working on, they are revising the Peterson Field Guide to Insects of North America and writing a field guide to the Common Insects of Texas. They have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Latin America, Africa and other parts of the world where they enjoy taking photos of pretty much anything in the natural world.