Mississippi Hills Master Naturalists to lead night hike at Sodalis Nature Preserve Friday

Sodalis cave

A hike through Sodalis Nature Preserve Friday, July 14, will offer the opportunity to see the various habitats that exist in the preserve. Bat scientists have estimated that approximately 215,000 bats hibernate in the abandoned limestone mines. | Photo courtesy of visithannibal.com

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Sodalis Nature Preserve provides a habitat for a variety of animals and several different species of bats. Habitats will be the focus of the night hike at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Sodalis Nature Preserve. The full night hike program lasts about two hours and follows a two-mile paved trail.

Representatives from the Mississippi Hills Master Naturalists will lead the hike, giving participants the chance to appreciate nature as the season changes. The program is free, but reservations must be made online at www.hannibalparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program

Sodalis Nature Preserve was named for the myotis sodalis (Indiana bat) species discovered in the park. Bat scientists have estimated approximately 215,000 bats hibernate in the abandoned limestone mines.

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