Pika's Habitat Affected by Climate Change By: Mia o'donnell

View All Posts by Dan Lockshaw →. "Optics4Birding Nature Blog Network." Optics4Birding Nature Blog Network. N.p., 2003-2013. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

How do pikas habitats being affected result from climate change?

  • The warmth is causing a lot more trees to grow but not as much grass in alpine regions
  • Pikas live in the alpines, and are adapted to the cold
  • The world is heating and the alpines are warming, killing the pikas
This is a pika in its natural habitat; the alpines Press, BRADY McCOMBSAssociated. "Pika Vanishes in West as Climate Change Alters Habitat - Portland Press Herald." Press Herald. N.p., 25 Aug. 2016. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

Why is this important?

  • Pikas decine will cause problems for butterflies, birds, and large mammals
Pikas are very tough -- they have to be because they live in cold windy weather. "Pika Cute." Pets Magazine. N.p., 2014. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

What is known about your topic, and how do people know it?

  • Pikas are used to alpine regions, where less than 5% of the earth is covered in alpines
  • While many other species are migrating to cooler locations, and higher elevations, pikas have no where else to go, there're already there
  • Pikas are going to face new dangers like new species coming to eat them because they are coming for the cooler land
  • Great Basin Pikas are gone from 8 out of 25 mountain locations
  • Chris Ray studies pikas, and she goes into their natural habitat in Colorado with high school volunteers and she takes blood, other samples and puts tags on pikas and then lets them go
Pika eating one its main foods---grass. Barrow, Cate. "Pika Eating Grass." Pika Eating Grass: Cate Barrow Photography. Cate Barrrow Photography, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

What is unknown about your topic and how are people going to find it out?

  • It's unknown how to preserve the remaining habitats of animals
  • Scientists are going to continue to to research
  • They are going to try new ideas and do experiments to find out the answers

How does learning about this topic add to our understanding of climate change?

  • Pikas are an indicator species that helps determine the effects of climate change on ecosystems
Chris Ray (A person who studies Pikas) releases a pika after doing some tests on it. "INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic And Alpine Research." Students Conduct Alpine Fieldwork on Effects of Climate Change and Air Pollution | INSTAAR | CU-Boulder. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

Is there controversy over the topic

  • Yes. Andrew Smith of Arizona State University says that Pikas are not endangered
  • He says that while in California studying Pikas, he found that one adapted to warming temperatures by haying at night instead of during the day
  • He also claimed that he found Pikas living in low altitudes


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