Moths are among the favorite foods on a bat's menu and you can see both at Hannibal Parks & Recreation's free Night Hikes through Sodalis Nature Preserve.

The  Mysterious Moths Night Hikes through Sodalis Nature Preserve will be:

  • 8 p.m. July 10
  • 8 p.m. July 24

Reservations are required and groups are strictly limited to 20 hikers.

Nature Educator Gale Rublee says moths are prevalent at this time of year and often found at Sodalis, which is appropriate since bats prey on moths. Ruble leads the Night Hikes. She has more than 25 years of experience in outdoor education.

Night Hikes are scheduled on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (weather permitting) about a half hour before sunset. The full program lasts about two hours and follows a 2-mile paved trail. Participants are welcome to stay with the group or return to the parking lot on their own. Activities include seasonal observations, sensory activities and the telling of the creation of Sodalis Nature Preserve.

You can reserve a spot by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or by emailing mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov.

Recently, Hannibal Parks & Recreation produced online "Nature Moments with Gale” to encourage Hannibal residents to get outside for a dose of Vitamin “N” for Nature. These videos are available on the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Facebook page or website.