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 Front Range Pika Project:
1.  Survey for pikas at long-term monitoring sites
2.  Use the Pika Patrol app to record observations while you’re out in the mountains.

Learn more & sign up below!

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 Front Range Pika Project. FRPP 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 FRPP 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. See below for more info!

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 study pikas at our long-term monitoring sites!

If you want to join our team of Pika Patrollers, read the information above & below and sign up for a new volunteer training session!

*This year, we have three trainings at Vail Pass, all of which will be hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center. Sign up for those with the orange button!

Please be aware that training sessions will be at high altitude and will involve moving around talus (rock piles), which can be rough and unstable. In addition, most training locations are immediately adjacent to a parking area, but some will require hikes of up to 4 miles round trip.

Click the arrow below to see the training dates & locations that we’re offering 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 will notify you when the app is available for download from the Google Play and Apple stores.  

Any questions?

Reach out to us at

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