Cascades Pika Watch engages volunteers to locate and map Oregon's pikas
Thank you for your interest in protecting one of the fluffiest, squeakiest species in the Pacific Northwest: the pika!
Pikas' particular habitat and temperature requirements make the species vulnerable to global warming trends — and of special interest to scientists studying the effects of climate change.
Cascades Pika Watch volunteers conduct 1-2 monthly sitting surveys to track and log pika presence in the Gorge and across the region. Sites are accessed via public hiking trails, and no special skills are required, other than a willingness to learn and a desire to contribute to scientific knowledge. Volunteers can opt to receive in-person or virtual training on identifying pikas in the field. They will then choose survey sites, where they will scan the boulders for signs of movement while listening for the pika’s calls.
Cascades Pika Watch is currently recruiting for the 2023 season. Free trainings will be offered in-person and online. Register here.
If you can’t officially commit to survey this summer but will be out on the trails and still want to participate, you can report your pika observations in the Pika Patrol mobile app.
Gifts to the Oregon Zoo Foundation help support Cascades Pika Watch and other conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more or make a donation.