Want to see climate change in Colorado? Keep an eye on the pikas

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Want to see climate change in Colorado? Keep an eye on the pikas

Small alpine animals sensitive to higher temperatures, lower snowpack
Pikas forage in the summer to build so-called hay piles to munch on throughout the winter. Higher temperatures and lower snowpack could be forcing the small mammals to higher elevations.
Megan Mueller of Rocky Mountain Wild teaches volunteers how to find and collect pika poop. The scat will help determine the animals’ stress levels as the climate warms.

Want to see climate change in Colorado? Keep an eye on the pikas

Pikas forage in the summer to build so-called hay piles to munch on throughout the winter. Higher temperatures and lower snowpack could be forcing the small mammals to higher elevations.
Megan Mueller of Rocky Mountain Wild teaches volunteers how to find and collect pika poop. The scat will help determine the animals’ stress levels as the climate warms.
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