Pika’s are more than funny little creatures that live all through the winter – even during harsh temperatures – in the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

These animals are also at threat from rising temperatures due to global climate change.

“The American pika is a small mammal that inhabits fields fringed by suitable vegetation in alpine and subalpine mountain areas extending south from central British Columbia and Alberta into the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.  The historical range of the species includes California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

A key characteristic of the American pika is its temperature sensitivity; death can occur after brief exposures to ambient temperatures greater than 77.9 °F,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service petitioned the U.S. government to add the Pika’s to the endangered species list. This would mean that the Pika would be added to the growing list of endangered species.

Tannis Bill, local Calgarian (and my creative Mom), has recently written a book about Pika’s and their lifestyles. Tannis had “often thought that “some day” [she] would find time to write a children’s book as [she] loved reading to [her] classes.” This engaging, interesting, and informative Grade 1-2 children’s book provides an intersting look into the lives of Pika’s. Closeup photos and a interesting story that ties everything together makes the reader feel like a Pika themselves.

“Jim started sending me photos of the cutest little animals I had ever seen! After seeing several pictures, I decided that I would like to research these little critters and with Jim as the photographer I could begin writing my first children’s book!” explains Tannis Bill.

Unfortunately, this month the U.S. government decided that it wouldn’t recognise Pika’s as an endangered species.

It’s a disappointing front for these little creatures as climate change will effect their livelhood in the mountains. It’s interesting to compare these little creatures with whales, who at one point weren’t considered to be threatened either. It wasn’t until they started washing up on shorelines and diagnosed with level of toxins that people started to notice that these amazing creatures were being extremely threatened by our misuse of water. We shouldn’t be waiting for a tipping point before we recognise that animals are being impacted by our unsustainable choices.

To get a copy of this fun and awesome book about Pika’s you can go here…


@ Amazon.ca

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