Why this is important
American Pika’s are believed to be indicators of the impacts of climate change on their high mountain and alpine ecosystems. This means that by surveying pikas, we have a better understanding of exactly how these ecosystems are being impacted by climate change. The Denver Zoo and Rocky Mountain Wild, CU, are working with citizen scientists, like you, to conduct this important research.
This state-wide data is used to help state and federal agencies implement management strategies that promote the resilience and conservation of alpine ecosystems and natural resources threatened by climate change.