Trending Pikas? On the Potential Loss of an Alpine Icon | Kids Out and About Denver

Trending Pikas? On the Potential Loss of an Alpine Icon

A 'Science Behind the Scenery' presentation in partnership with Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.
Most of us have a climate-change story to share nowadays, but there was a time when the American pika was an early icon of the changes to come. Whatever happened? Models still disagree on the fate of this species, but recent data point to remarkable changes in distribution and dynamics. Extended summers and abbreviated winters can curtail survival and recruitment, lending credence to predictions of pika loss in Rocky Mountain National Park. But pikas might have an ace in the hole. Come hear the pika's story.

Dr. Chris Ray has studied a variety of plants and animals, using quantitative methods to model population dynamics. She is a research associate of the University of Colorado-Boulder and The Institute for Bird Populations, and has studied pikas for over 30 years. In 2010, she began the Pikas-in-Peril study in Rocky Mountain National Park, combining research with education and outreach to broaden the discussion on potential impacts of climate change.


Elkins Distilling Co. - Estes Park, CO
1825 N Lake Ave
Estes Park, CO, 80517
United States


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Estee Rivera Murdock - Executive Director
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6:30 PM – 9:30 PM