Steve Kestrel

Pika Pika


9 x 48 x 5 in.
2 available / 15
If you’ve been lucky enough to hike through rocky alpine slopes with pikas, then you know what beguiling creatures they are and how ephemeral your observations are. During summer they harvest and store a wide variety of plant species in their rocky terrain for winter consumption. Those that are toxic are left to age at the bottom of the “haystack” and are eaten last in late winter or early spring. Pikas are very sensitive to temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit and will perish if unable to cool down. Unfortunately, due to climate change, they are now extinct at lower levels and their remaining populations are threatened as temperatures rise, making their higher mountain habitat diminished and inhospitable.