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Hamster-like Pika in Peril

National Geographic

This video describes the effect of a warming climate on the tundra biome and specifically the impacts of changing climate on the Rocky Mountain Pika, a small rodent that struggles with summer heat.

Video length: 4:22 min.

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  • Start at end of ad and beginning of video

About the Science

  • Describes the effect of a warming climate on the tundra biome and range of the Rocky Mountain pika- a small rodent vulnerable to increased summer heat.
  • Pika do not hibernate in the winter and must store grass to eat and maintain their metabolism through the cold months.
  • Highlights research on pika in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Good image quality and logical storyline.
  • Features both male and female scientists in the field and in the lab.

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  • Short advertisement at the beginning may annoy some viewers.

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Also see National Park Service website on Pikas: http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/ucbn/monitor/pika/pika_peril/about.cfm

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