Pikas: Good Valentine’s Gift, Bad Valentine’s Date

Graphic with two sections. In the first section, there's a photo of a plush American pika with the heading "Pika adoptions DO make great Valentine's gifts." On the right is a picture of two pikas boxing with the heading "Pikas DO NOT make great Valentine's dates."
Photo on the right, courtesy of Dick Orleans.

The research is clear: pikas do not make great Valentine’s dates, but they sure do make great Valentine’s gifts!

We don’t recommend making a fiercely territorial pika your Valentine this Valentine’s Day, but we do recommend showing your Valentine how much you love them and the world they live in by giving them the gift of an adopted pika! Your sweetie will get an adorable plush pika (filled with environmentally-friendly recycled plastic) and an adoption e-certificate. Plus, you will both feel good knowing that your purchase helped fund much needed research on the impacts of climate change, as proceeds from the sales go toward our community science program, the Front Range Pika Project!

Check out the latest news on the Front Range Pika Project, and consider gifting a pika adoption to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

UPDATE: We are currently out of pikas in house! We’ve ordered more, but we weren’t expecting the amount of adoptions we received. Thank you! Due to the back-order, we can’t promise a delivery by Valentine’s Day, but we can promise that you’ll receive the e-certificate of adoption to present to your Valentine by Valentine’s Day. We will send the pikas as soon as they arrive. Thanks again for all your support!

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Is your Valentine not a pika person? We’ve got bats too!

The Colorado Bat Watch Program will recruit and engage community scientists to collect data that will enable agencies to monitor bat species over time and better understand the impacts of White-Nose Syndrome and other threats on local bat populations. Understanding this will help land managers and conservation organizations develop strategies and programs to protect bats and their habitat!

Check out more about the Colorado Bat Watch Program, and consider gifting a bat adoption to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.   

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Is your Valentine not a bat buddy either?! 

Not to worry! You can donate and name a piece of biodiversity after them! To help Rocky Mountain Wild achieve all of our goals to identify and map the climate refugia in our region, develop a legion of community scientists to assist with our work, maintain and restore wildlife corridors so that species can move through the landscape to adjust for climate changes, and support the larger conservation community and individual activists with science-based tools for effective advocacy, we’re selling the (symbolic) naming rights for some critical components of biodiversity in our region! Name a boreal toad, Gunnison sage-grouse, Canada lynx, wolverine, or other species after your Valentine and we’ll send you a picture with that name and house that name on our Biodiversity 2020 site!

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No matter which species your Valentine loves, we’ve got the perfect gift for them and the environment. 

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