|Hungry (squeaky) pika|
I'll need to monitor the boulders and rocks more critically on my next outing up Baldy. Apparently pika populations are disappearing from some North American mountain locations but not others and ecologists attribute this shift to macro changes in our weather patterns. The study hopes to clarify effects of hotter summers and smaller snowpacks on local alpine ecology, using the little pika as an easily observable indicator. Research in New Mexico is key to the study since we are the southernmost bio-zone for these critters.
Training of volunteers is coming up fast - the weekends of June 30-July 1, or July 7- 8. This is an opportunity to turn your weekend hike into direct involvement in New Mexico conservation efforts. For more information on the project visit http://www.seventh-
generation.org/citizen_ science_pika.html, or view the project's volunteer page at http://www.seventh-generation.org/VolunteerAt_7GI.html Thank you to Cathryn Wild for passing on this information.