Join the Pika Patrol

With the climate crisis looming over the American pika, community scientists are stepping up to collect key data!

There are two ways to become involved with the Colorado Pika Project:
1.  Survey for pikas at long-term monitoring sites
2.  Use the Pika Patrol app (to-be-released in July) to record pika observations wherever you are.

Pika Surveys at Long-Term Monitoring Sites

Help us protect pikas by hiking to some of the most beautiful places in Colorado!

Pika surveys at long-term monitoring sites are the core of the Colorado Pika Project. CPP community scientists—or Pika Patrollers—collect data on the presence of pikas and the characteristics of their habitat at nearly 200 locations in the scenic high country of Colorado. Our community scientists have been visiting some of these sites for a decade, which has provided critical data to land managers and researchers about the distribution and habitat use of pika. Through the dedication of CPP volunteers, we can not only track how climate change is impacting pika, but find solutions to any potential threats.

Before visiting a site, all Pika Patrollers must first attend a field training to learn how to collect the reliable & useful data that is needed to understand and protect pikas. Sign up for a field training today!

What does surveying pika monitoring sites involve?

Where are these pika monitoring sites?

When in the year can I survey a pika site?

Are you taking any COVID-19 precautions at your new volunteer trainings?

We need your help to understand how climate change is impacting pikas!

If you want to join our team of Pika Patrollers, sign up for a field training this summer!

Record Pika Observations with the Pika Patrol App

Collect pika observations while you’re out doing whatever you love to do in the mountains

If you would like to record pika observations using the Pika Patrol app you can sign up for our email list below!. We expect to release the app this July and we will notify you when it is available for download from the Google Play and Apple stores.  

Any questions?

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Pika juvenile, courtesy of Bob Zaparanick

Pika juvenile, courtesy of Bob Zaparanick

Collecting pika scat, courtesy of Lauren Buchholz


Photo Credits:

Lauren Buchholz

Bob Zaparanick