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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 mammal that struggles with summer heat.

Video length: 4:22 min.

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Teaching Tips

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About the Science

  • Describes the effect of a warming climate on the tundra biome and range of the Rocky Mountain pika - a small mammal that vulnerable to increased summer heat.
  • Pikas are not rodents; rather they are the smallest members of the rabbit family.
  • Pikas 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.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Pika is arguably very sensitive to the temperature changes discussed in the video. Interpretation of video is still 100% consistent with current knowledge assessment.

About the Pedagogy

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

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Short advertisement at the beginning may annoy some viewers.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

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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