In Tribute to the Pika

Equipment Info
Canon Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
245/32 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
Sierra Nevada Range
Town
Mammoth Lakes
Description

My best wildlife photo of 2017 was of this inquisitive little pika I encountered high in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. American pikas are facing increasing pressure, as global warming is reducing their habitat range. Pikas thrive in mountainous areas and cannot tolerate hot temperatures. As temperatures warm, they are forced higher in elevation. This particular pika was found between 10,000 and 11,000 feet in elevation. In the future, they may only be found at even higher elevations--12,000 feet or more--or may even be forced into endangered status due to shrinking habitat.

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Date Added
January 9, 2018
Date Taken
January 9, 2018

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