In the French Alps, marmots are known for the whistles they use to warn of danger. They may also be sounding an alarm that we humans need to hear.
Join researchers in the breathtaking La Grande Sassière Nature Reserve as they monitor the marmot population they’ve been working with for over 20 years. You’ll help track the size and makeup of marmot families and watch as they play, groom, snuggle for warmth, mark their territories, and fight - in short, as they live out their daily lives. You’ll also get to know individual marmots by setting and checking traps baited with dandelions and recording data on any critters you catch.
You won’t spend all your time with marmots on this expedition; you’ll also become immersed in the rest of the Alpine world as you monitor plant life and weather. By combining this environmental information with the trove of data you will have helped collect on the marmots, researchers can make valuable connections between climate and how the marmot population is faring and changing.
Alpine areas are particularly vulnerable to climate change - resident species are highly specialized, and can’t just relocate if their habitats change to the point where they are unable to survive. By examining the Alpine marmot, you can help uncover the characteristics that influence whether a species can cope - or not - with climate change, and determine how they evolve as a result of the global phenomenon.