Pikrous captures the complex emotions associated with optimism and despair, pleasure and pain, hope and grief as an essential aspect of living. She highlights that life requires us to balance paradoxical opposites in order to survive.
Orations reveal how closely men’s kharis and honor were linked, with orators manipulating these expectations to exert power over the demos.
American pikas, related to rabbits and hares, live in mountainous environments near alpine meadows in rocky mountainous areas. They typically inhabit areas in talus slopes or boulder fields above treeline without digging burrows for shelter; instead they spend most of their day active, without hibernation during winter; instead preferring dens where grasses can be stored for sustenance; sometimes venturing outside if weather allows.
Pikas are noisy creatures, using short calls to mark their territory and communicate with other pikas and wildlife. Additionally, they use their distinctive chirp to attract potential mates or warn of predators.
Pikas are susceptible to numerous threats, including habitat degradation and human disturbance of their microclimate on talus slopes. Climate change threatens their survival further by decreasing snowpack for winter insulation purposes and altering alpine vegetation composition, water content and phenology patterns. As such, WDFW has identified this species as one of its “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” (SGCN) so as to focus resources on those species most at risk of extinction.