Join Our Team
There are several ways to become involved with the Front Range Pika Project. Look below to learn more about surveying for pikas at our long-term monitoring sites or using our app to record observations of pikas anywhere in the Southern Rockies.
Pika Surveys at Long-Term Monitoring Sites
Notice: We will not be hosting any trainings for new volunteers this year due to COVID-19. If you are new to the Front Range Pika Project and are interested in participating in pika surveys at our long-term monitoring sites, sign up here to stay informed about opportunities to participate next summer, or participate this summer through an app:
Pika surveys at long-term monitoring sites are the core of the Front Range Pika Project. FRPP community scientists have been gathering data at some of these sites for a decade, which has provided critical data to lang managers and researchers about the distribution and habitat use of pika. Through the dedication of FRPP volunteers, we can track how pikas are responding to climate change.
Join us in just four steps:
- Decide which FRPP research project you would like to participate in: Front Range, White River National Forest, or Rocky Mountain National Park
- Attend a classroom training (in-person or online) and field training (in-person) for the research project of your choice
- Pick a site or sites you would like to survey for pikas
- Conduct at least one survey during the summer, and submit your data and photos
Pika juvenile, courtesy of Bob Zaparanick
What is involved in a survey?
The Front Range Pika Project has three research initiatives, one in the Rocky Mountain National Park, one in the White River National Forest, and one in the Front Range. For each initiative, FRPP community scientists collect data on the presence and absence of pika and their habitat characteristics by hiking to remote sites in the backcountry conducting surveys. As part of their involvement, participants learn about pikas, alpine ecosystems, and climate change.
How do I decide which research project to participate in?
Prior to attending a training and becoming a FRPP community scientist, you need to decide which of our three research projects to participate in, Rocky Mountain National Park, White River National Forest, or Front Range.