Yellowstone Pika

Yellowstone Pika

$175 per person
Dates:
Jun 14, 7 AM - 6 PM
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Matt Ohlen, M.A.
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Seminar Type:
Naturalist Day Trips
Program Subject:
Citizen Science, Natural History, Wildlife

Due to the pika's sensitivity to warming temperatures, monitoring the persistence of pika at sites around Yellowstone National Park will help us better understand the effects of climate change on this species. Here in Yellowstone, we have numerous pika sites that are accessible from nearby roadways, and this seminar will help contribute data from these locations to the Yellowstone Citizen Science Initiative. Citizen science is a great opportunity to learn while assisting the park with research objectives.

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.