A free program to learn about Sodalis Nature Preserve is being offered four dates in May.

A free program to learn about Sodalis Nature Preserve is being offered four dates in May.

Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, the director of Missouri Bat Census, discovered the endangered bats in Sodalis Nature Preserve. She is offering an interpretive training program at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center on these dates:

·6 to 8 p.m. May 9;

·6 to 8 p.m. May 11;

·6 to 8 p.m. May 16;

·6 to 8 p.m. May 18

Participants will learn about the history of Sodalis Nature Preserve; the bats that make Sodalis its home; and will be able to identify mushrooms, wildflowers, native plants, birds and other wildlife found at Sodalis. Participants will be able to share the information during interpretive outreach programs at Sodalis.

Sodalis Nature Preserve is an almost 200-acre park property that was given to the city two years ago when it was discovered that about 200,000 endangered Indiana bats hibernate in the abandoned mines. It is now the second largest park in the Hannibal Parks & Recreation park system.

More information is available from Alvey-Mudd, 573-338-8670; cavechef@gmail.com.