Climate change is pushing species distributions up mountains and toward the poles. Among the species of greatest concern is the American pika. Working throughout the world, we are currently recruiting hikers, mountain climbers, and others to conduct an international study on pikas. These small mammals are an important species in understanding the effects of climate change.
How can you participate?
If you plan to head out to explore alpine and subalpine habitats that are dominated by talus slopes, we need you! Volunteers on this project will record data related to straw piles, urine stains, and pika presence/absence. You will be helping scientists gather baseline data on which of these sites/regions currently have pikas, so that future studies can assess changes in distribution (e.g regional/local extinctions) between now and the future.