Perhaps the cutest bioindicator of climate change in the Northwest region is the American pika. In fact, pika live at the lowest elevation in North America here in the Columbia River Gorge. As a small member of the rabbit family, pika are normally adapted to cold and alpine climates. So as higher elevations see rising temperatures, how is the Columbia River Gorge providing a safe refuge to pika? Clark College Professor of Biology Steven Clark is a part of a large and ongoing study researching the peculiarities of the species in the Gorge. Join us early Saturday morning for coffee and donuts as we travel to their habitat. We’ll search for the sights and sounds of pika that fascinate many naturalists, view native springtime wildflowers, and learn how conserving habitat throughout the Columbia River Gorge plays a role in the survival of an important species.
EASY – This is an early morning tour beginning at 6:00 a.m. in order to increase chances of seeing and hearing pika. Coffee, donuts, and lunch will be provided. This tour will involve 3-5 miles of hiking. There be some elevation and possible walking in rocky areas that may be off-trail. This event will be canceled in the event of rain due to visibility. Binoculars recommended. Children welcome.
All transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from Columbia Land Trust’s Vancouver office at promptly 6:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 1:00 p.m.
Please note: A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email 1 week prior to the tour date.