Pika are considered to be a sensitive indicator of climate change due to their inability to survive long periods of warm summer weather. The pika population in the Columbia River Gorge is of partcular interest as these pika live at lower elevation than anywhere else in the US. Note: For opportunistic surveys please use 'Pika Watch(2) Custom Form', for assigned site sitting surveys use 'Pika Watch(1) Custom Form'
Please use this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3YDdh2iKEdpvqDvhc-3xOGCyFoceEoHVp42eYkLixNgHF1A/viewform) to report any pika sightings you'd like to share with us during the 2021 field season!
Cascades Pika Watch is not conducting any formal new volunteer trainings this summer due to reduced staff capacity, COVID precautions, and closures in the CRG. However, we'd still love to hear from you if you're out hiking in the Gorge and see or hear pikas!
We ask for your contact information in case we would like to follow up with you about your observation. However, due to reduced staff capacity, we may not be able to follow up with every observation that you submit. Please know that even if you don't hear back from us, your data are still helping us to map the distribution, abundance, and status of pikas in this unique habitat.