Become a Pika Patroller and 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.
For more information on this Pika Project, and how you will be involved as a volunteer visit www.pikapartners.org
Get Trained with Walking Mountains!
Walking Mountains is partnering with the Front Range Pika Project (a project of Rocky Mountain Wild & the Denver Zoo) to offer volunteer trainings here in Eagle County. Trainings will be held at Vail Pass, and involve a 4 mile round trip hike into the beautiful Uneva Peak area in the Holy Cross Wilderness. In these trainings you will learn how to identify signs of Pika, implement Pika Project research protocols and collect & report data (as well as *hopefully* see these cute alpine critters for yourself!)
Register below for the training date that works for you!
Join Walking Mountains Led Field Surveys!
Trained volunteers are prepared to tackle pika survey's on their own. However, if you'd prefer to navigate in the backcountry with a group, or just want to meet other fellow Pika Patrollers, Walking Mountains will also be leading three field days for trained volunteers. Program dates are:
Visit our website www.walkingmountains.org, or email [email protected] for information on how to register!
Although Walking Mountains is academically oriented, some of the activities are quite strenuous if the participant is unfamiliar with such activities or is not in good physical condition. The ability to walk several miles without undue fatigue indicates reasonable physical fitness. Any previous knee or ankle problems, excessive weight, or allergies to food, medicine or insect bites are also of particular concern.The following information is important and will help us avoid health or medical problems before they occur.