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 record observations while you’re out in the mountains.
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 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. We likely won’t be offering more trainings this summer (unless there’s serious demand), but you can still sign up for our email list to learn how you can help pikas in Colorado.
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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 our email list with the box below!
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.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pika juvenile, courtesy of Bob Zaparanick
Collecting pika scat, courtesy of Lauren Buchholz