American Pika

Sadly, the American pika, Ochotona princeps, a small flower-gathering rabbit relative, may be one of the first mammals in North America known to fall victim to global warming.

American pikas are typically inhabit rocky areas, called talus, within alpine regions of the western United States and southwestern Canada. Since food is difficult to obtain in winter in the alpine environment, the pikas cut, sun-dry, and later store vegetation for winter use in characteristic 'hay piles', earning the name 'ecosystem engineers'.

According to research, global warming appears to have contributed to local extinctions of pika populations. Become part of the solution to global warming and help American pikas.



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