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For nearly 8 years, the Front Range Pika Project (FRPP) has engaged volunteers in field data collection
on status and habitat characteristics of the American pika across 45 historic pika habitat sites along
the Front Range of Colorado. Uniquely adapted to their high-elevation alpine ecosystems in the Southern
Rocky Mountains, there is increasing concern that pika may be vulnerable to increased summer temperatures,
reduced snowpack, and potential changes in vegetation as a result of climate change across Colorado.
Following a decision in 2010 to not list American pika under the Endangered Species Act due to a lack of
data, the FRPP was established by Denver Zoo and Rocky Mountain Wild to collect long-term, large-scale
data needed for conservation and management of pika and their alpine ecosystems under future climate
change scenarios. In addition, the FRPP was established to enhance public support and engagement in
efforts to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change on Colorado's important ecosystems and
natural resources. To date, the FRPP's Front Range research has contributed to the longest-running,
citizen generated dataset on pika that is being used by managers and researchers to understand the ecological
impacts of climate change. Learn more about the research objectives here.
Resources for Volunteers
Steps to Volunteering for New Volunteers
Steps to Volunteering for Returning Volunteers
Volunteer Manual and Protocols
As an FRPP volunteer, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are comfortable with the data collection protocols. We encourage new and returning volunteers to review the manual before visiting their field site to ensure that you have a clear navigation plan, are updated on any changes in the protocols, and are confident in the field protocols. If you have any questions about the protocols after reviewing the manual, please email us at email@example.com Front Range Pika Project Manual
2019 Front Range Pika Project Data Entry Sheet
Monitoring Protocol Videos
Data Collection Video Part 1
Data Collection Video Part 2
Scat Collection Video
Volunteers are required to attend a classroom and field training. Please review the training presentation below as a refresher before visiting your sites each year.
Front Range Volunteer Training Presentation
Returning Volunteer Quiz
As a refresher before visiting the field sites each season, we ask our returning volunteers to review the manual for updates and complete the following volunteer quiz. If you have questions about the field protocols or sites, please email us.
Site Maps and Directions
The FRPP sites are categorized into 2 tiers so that we can ensure we are consistently surveying a set of sites each year. We prioritize Tier 1 sites first and then ask volunteers to sign up for Tier 2 sites after we can ensure that all Tier 1 sites will be visited each season. For detailed directions and maps, please click on the sites below:
Tier 1 Sites
Tier 2 Sites
Backcountry Navigation tips
As an FRPP volunteer, you are responsible for obtaining a GPS unit or GPS phone app for navigation to field sites and must be completely comfortable navigating on your own. The FRPP has a limited number of GPS units to lend out and partners with Gaia GPS to provide smartphone app subscriptions for our volunteers.
Online Backcountry Navigation Course (see your volunteer manual or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code)
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