Mission Trails Regional Park to host ‘Bat Walk’

Volunteer trail guides will lead a twilight interpretive walk all about the “misunderstood aerialists” on Sat., Oct. 29.

Mission Trails Regional Park

The “Bat Walk” is set for Sat., Oct. 29, at Mission Trails.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Consider this your bat signal.

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) volunteer trail guides will host a “Bat Walk” on Sat., Oct. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. — an interpretive, educational talk all about bats — the nighttime creatures that the park dubs “misunderstood aerialists.”

Attendees should register ahead of time for the free outdoors event (the early bat catches the spot) — and bring a flashlight. The group will meet in the parking lot at the corner of Bushy Hill Drive + Father Junipero Serra Trail.

Several weeks ago, MTRP posted a video of a canyon bat that made its way into the Visitor Center. Rangers gently caught it and set it free outside. They’re out there.

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Mission Trails will host a “Bat Walk” on Sat., Oct. 29.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

According to the San Diego Zoo, there are 47 bat species in the US, with 23 in San Diego County. Our region is home to the largest bat in North America, the Western mastiff bat with a wingspan of 22+ inches.

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