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September 10th Program – The American Pika

It's time to start a new season of interesting and informational programs, beginning with a talk on the American Pika presented by April Craighead on September 10th at 7 p.m.

Have you ever wondered who is one of the hardest working mammals out there? Well it's the American pika who caches a whole winters worth of plant material or "hay" into a small territory nestled in talus or boulder slopes throughout western Montana. These power houses of energy (they weigh about 6 oz.) make hundreds of trips a day to collect grasses and forbs during August and September that will sustain them through the snow and cold of winter. Other than being incredibly cute, pikas are also important to researchers as early warning indicators to climate change. Pikas are very sensitive to warm temperatures and as our climate changes, pikas are feeling the heat.

April has been working at the Craighead Institute since 2000 as a wildlife biologist.  She has worked on a variety of projects including bear studies, birds, road ecology and more recently, how climate change effects alpine species, specifically the American pika.  April enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, traveling, kayaking, and most importantly being a mom to her daughter, Willow.  She received her Bachelors degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Master's degree from Montana State University.

The Sacajawea Audubon Society meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th), Bozeman. Audubon invites the public to attend its meetings and participate in its field trips, listed here on the chapter's website.

American pika

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