More than 200 volunteers contributed over several years to our Pika project, recording habitat data on these energetic denizens of the high mountains. Our data was part of a decades-long global research effort which has been uncovering important lessons for the conservation of these and other animals.
We're honored to be among the 70 co-authors on a new paper published in Nature Climate Change and reported on by PBS. This study reveals that when it comes to surviving climate change, the key to a pika population's survival is less a matter of genetics and more a matter of the ecological conditions they've encountered throughout life.
Dylan Jones collected data for the Pika project while summiting Teewinot and the Grand Teton, two of the highest peaks in the Teton range. His photos give a taste of the spectacular landscapes and views that are home to the pika, and that beckon adventurers and scientists year after year with the promise of discovery. Click each photo below to expand and see the caption.
Early snow storms, record-breaking low temperatures––these events may cut autumn festivities short, but they won't slow down data collection for our Timber Tracking project!
You can collect samples of leaves, cones, and wood for three different species this year, and since they're all evergreens, you're just as well off in winter as in summer.
In the video below, get a taste for what's in store when sampling western redcedar, and learn more about the bigger picture of the project and our organization as a whole. Then continue on to our Timber Tracking site, get to know all three species we're focusing on, and apply to join us this winter, whatever the weather may bring.
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