Pika Stories in Rocky Mountain National Park

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The video explores the efforts of researchers at Rocky Mountain National Park to monitor the health of pikas, crucial climate indicator species.

00:00:00 - 00:09:09

Researchers hear a pika call and spot one, recording sightings for their monitoring program. Watch the segment

00:09:09 - 00:14:50

Laura, a climate change leader, introduces the monitoring program and its significance. Watch the segment

00:14:50 - 00:24:20

Laura explains the challenges of studying pikas and the importance of their role as climate indicators. Watch the segment

00:24:20 - 00:34:20

The researchers embark on a time-intensive search for pika presence in a designated plot. Watch the segment

00:34:20 - 00:45:59

Navigating a talus slope, they describe the habitat and the significance of pika populations as climate indicators. Watch the segment

00:45:59 - 00:58:59

Researchers collect pika urine and scat for genetic testing, emphasizing the species' sensitivity to climate shifts. Watch the segment

00:58:59 - 01:08:20

The video highlights the importance of genetic diversity in Rocky Mountain National Park's pika population. Watch the segment

01:08:20 - 01:19:59

Laura expresses gratitude for volunteers' contributions and stresses the value of long-term monitoring. Watch the segment

01:19:59 - 01:30:59

Laura reflects on her temporary position, the daily impact of volunteering, and the broader implications of the research. Watch the segment

01:30:59 - 01:41:50

The video concludes, leaving viewers with insights into climate science and the ongoing work in national parks. Watch the segment

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