Natural History of Pika
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The pika is a small mammal with short limbs, rounded ears, and no tail. Native to cold climates, pika generally live in sub-alpine rock fields. Uniquely, in the Columbia River Gorge and the Great Salt Lake basin, pika are found at low elevation. It is unclear why they're able to survive in this atypical habitat. Due to the cool temperature habitat they normally occupy, it is hypothesized that pika may be particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Working with Dr. Erik Beever of the U.S. Geologic Survey, Steven Clark has been studying American pika in the Columbia River Gorge since 2008 to determine the ecological features of the Gorge that allow and prohibit their survival. Please join us to learn about the natural history of American pika and their status in Oregon.
Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW Ninth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
Steven Clark has a M.S. in Environmental Science from PSU. He currently teaches Biology courses at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Mr. Clark previously worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition to his science credentials, Steve is a lay Episcopal Minister and a volunteer dog trainer at his local no-kill pet shelter.
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