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Pika Patrol – patrolling for pikas in the alpine at Niwot Ridge

Patrolling for pikas in the alpine: Two citizen-science programs associated with the Niwot Ridge LTER focus on the American pika, a sensitive indicator of change in montane ecosystems. PikaNET, a program of the Mountain Studies Institute, and the Front Range Pika Project, a program of the Denver Zoo and Rocky Mountain Wild, both engage the public in conservation research on pikas and their habitats. Pika Patrol volunteers follow established monitoring protocols to collect data used by researchers at the NWT LTER as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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