Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, who discovered the endangered bats in Sodalis Nature Preserve, will be at the amphitheater site at Sodalis from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday night. Alvey-Mudd hopes to help participants “fall in love” with bats.

She hopes to debunk common scary bat misconceptions and teach creepy cool Missouri bat facts. With the help of new equipment purchased with a grant from Hannibal Rotary Club, participants will be able to better hear and see the bats exiting the quarries.

The bats at Sodalis Nature Preserve are in fall swarm and are preparing for the world’s larger winter hibernation of endangered Indiana bats.

Alvey-Mudd and members of the Missouri Bat Census will have bat acoustical chips and infrared cameras at the top of the paved trail, which is called the amphitheater site. Spooky goodies will be available for children as well.

For more information, call the Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 573-221-0177, extension 212.