Climate Action: Protect Pika and Endangered Wildlife

Climate Change

Climate change threatens all living species, especially wildlife like the tiny American pika. They’re disappearing from the American West and if we don’t act soon, we may lose them forever.

American pikas, the mountain dwelling cousin to the rabbit, are known for their high-pitched squeaking sound, fuzzy coat and big ears. But their colonies across much of the West, including those in Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain national parks, may disappear in the next 90 years. Their populations have already declined 44% in one key habitat.

They’re caught in the crosshairs of climate change because their tiny bodies don’t regulate temperature well. The thick coat they need to stay warm during cold winters makes them quickly overheat as the climate warms. Those who flee to higher elevations either find no escape from the heat or so little vegetation that they go hungry.

To save species like pika, we need real climate action now. Slowing the warming trend will give species that rely on stable, cold weather a chance -- or else pika and many other species will be in danger of being lost forever.

Pledge to stand with The Nature Conservancy as we call on leaders at all levels of government to stand strong on climate change. The survival of species like the American pika — depends on it.

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I agree that immediate action on climate change is critical. Now is the time to dedicate ourselves to a low-carbon future and prevent lasting damage to all life on Earth, including at-risk species like the American pika. Science shows us we cannot afford to wait to cut harmful carbon emissions. I'm adding my voice to The Nature Conservancy's call to world leaders in the U.S. and beyond -- to act so we do not lose ground in combating climate change.