For Immediate Release

For more information and to schedule an interview, contact:
Contact: Autumn Vest, Sibley Nature Center Executive Director, (432) 661‐8092

Free Public Event, Sat., Sept. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Midland, Texas —Sibley Nature Center presents its first Odonata Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features the handmade jewelry and works of local artist Susan May, a special presentation by the co‐author of "A Dazzle of Dragonflies," James Lasswell and great activities for the whole family. Sponsored by The Insurance Man and Marshall & Winston, Inc. of Midland, this free event is open to the public and includes something for the whole family.

  The Odonata Celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a look at the inspiration and processes of local West Texas artist Susan May. May's collection of unique handmade jewelry and paintings are a tribute to her love of dragonflies and the lore that surrounds them. Through this presentation, the audience will get a behind the scenes look at the development of the artist's work. May's collection will be on display and available for purchase throughout the event. 

At 10:45 a.m., join James Lasswell in discovering the science and lore surrounding what is one of the oldest groups of insects in the world. These beautiful creatures have captured the attention and imagination of people throughout history. Lasswell will discuss how the "unique geographic position of Texas has resulted in it becoming the epicenter of odonate diversity in North America." Audience members will explore this diversity and discover the life cycle and common behaviors of dragonflies.  

  Throughout the morning, activities will be available inside the center for adults and children. Children are invited to create a dragonfly or stop by our coloring station to complete a drawing by featured artist Susan May.  All visitors are encouraged to visit the origami station before venturing outside to the Sibley Nature Center trail system where docents will help to identify odonates. 

  Lasswell holds a Bachelor's degree in botany and a Master's degree in Zoology from Sam Houston State University. He spent his career as a research biologist, first for Texas Parks and Wildlife and later for Texas A&M Texas Ag‐Life at the Texas A&M Ag‐Life Research and Extension Center in Stephenville, Texas, retiring in 2008. Lasswell, a lifelong admire of odonates, has conducted research programs on odonates and has co‐authored a book, A Dazzle Of Dragonflies, and a number of popular and scientific articles on a number of subjects. Lasswell helped develop of process of digitally scanning odonates and produced a website for odonate scans.  

 Sibley Nature Center exists to create understanding and appreciation of the nature and history of our region through a broad range of educational programs and personal experience. Since 1987, the center has offered programming to all ages with emphasis on the flora, fauna and natural and human history of the Llano Estacado region, later adding  the Trans‐Pecos and Edwards Plateau regions. The center is located at Hogan Park in Midland on approximately 49 acres and features trails and shade structures for the community to safely enjoy and learn about their environment. To learn more about the Sibley Nature Center, visit or call (432) 684‐6827.

The above information has been provided by the Sibley Nature Center and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). The mission of the Midland CVB is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination.