Cascades Pika Watch engages citizen scientists to locate and map pika populations in Oregon.
Pikas are considered an indicator species for climate change due to their inability to tolerate warmer summer temperatures and reduced winter snowpack in some habitats. The pikas that live in the Columbia River Gorge are of particular interest because they live in seemingly unsuitable habitat at low elevations. In fact, pikas in the Gorge are the single, lowest elevation population in the continental USA!
Although we are not currently recruiting for this project or running formal training sessions, anyone can report opportunistic pika observations in the Gorge or other parts of the Pacific Northwest here.
Even if we don't get back to you right away, know that your observations are making a difference.
Please check back for future opportunities!