The Colorado Pika Project currently organizes community science and monitoring in three distinct areas in Colorado: the Front Range, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), and the White River National Forest (WRNF). There are some variations between these projects, including a different field protocol for the Front Range project. Permitting is also required for Rocky Mountain National Park Pika Patrollers, which is discussed in the volunteer training.
For now, we are relying on our returning volunteers to survey Front Range sites and aren’t recruiting new folks for this research project. All new volunteers are trained to collect data using the protocol for RMNP & WRNF. While
there are a few key differences between these two projects, any volunteer with the right training is welcome to collect data in either of these projects.
As for which sites you should visit in each project, it’s up to you! We have dozens of sites to survey each summer in a variety of locations, and as a volunteer you can select to visit any available site that’s convenient for you.
Check out this page for more information about the pika monitoring locations and our data collection methods.