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Project Spotlight:


“Pikas in peril: multi-regional vulnerability assessment of a climate-sensitive sentinel species”
is a Rocky Mountain, Upper Columbia Basin and Greater Yellowstone I&M Networks project with partners including University of Colorado Boulder, University of Idaho, and Oregon State University.  These investigators are working with park and I&M staff to survey pika habitats, distribution and gene flow in park units including: Great Sand Dunes, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Craters of the Moon, Crater Lake, Lava Beds and Lassen Volcanic.  These are among the sixteen western US national park unites that have pika populations. This project will also complement an existing citizen science, pika monitoring project at Glacier NP.  Products from this three-year project will include improved websites, distribution maps and habitat connectivity models, and climate change vulnerability assessments for pikas across two NPS regions, with involvement two CESUs: RM-CESU and Pacific Northwest CESU.  Read more.