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Jun 29, 2014 - Colorado    No Comments

The New Field Season Begins!

Hi there!

My name is Jesse Marcus and I am excited to introduce you to the University of Colorado Pika Project! Led by Chris Ray, the Pika Team is spending the summer researching pika at CU’s Mountain Research Station just 45 minutes northwest of Boulder, Colorado. Our team consists of interns, volunteers, and both undergraduate and graduate students from around the country, specializing in a variety of disciplines from data analysis to audio engineering to climate change science. We are using a variety of different tools and gadgets, such as sound recorders, camera traps, and radio-telemetry to follow these curious little creatures and further our understanding of the pikas’ role in the alpine ecosystem.

We are very excited to have this blog as a tool for outreach, and we want to show you just how well our research is going. Follow @PikaResearch @SciLIVE_Pikas on Twitter for the latest pika news and pics! And don’t forget to check back in every week for new blog posts and more!

STAY TUNED!!!!

The Team! (Clockwise from Bottom Right): Max Plichta, Ron Abbott, Jesse Marcus, Aidan Beers, Loren G, Peter Erb, Dan Luccock, Christian Prince, Diamond Nwaeze, Megan Wiebe)

The Team! (Clockwise from Bottom Right): Max Plichta, Ron Abbott, Jesse Marcus, Aidan Beers, Loren G, Peter Erb, Dan Luccock, Christian Prince, Diamond Nwaeze, Megan Wiebe)

The University of Colorado Mountain Research Station located on Niwot Ridge

The University of Colorado Mountain Research Station located on Niwot Ridge

The edge of the Niwot Biosphere Reserve with Christian, Jesse, and Max.

The edge of the Niwot Biosphere Reserve with Christian, Jesse, and Max.

Some beautiful Skypilot (Polemonium eximium) growing on the north slope of one of our sites.

Some beautiful Skypilot (Polemonium eximium) growing on the north slope of one of our sites.

Just a marmot and Max enjoying each other's company. Marmots and pika get along great up in the alpine!

Just a marmot and Max enjoying each other’s company. Marmots and pika get along great up in the alpine!