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The Institute

In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution located at 311 Curtis St.

Mission

The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is to honor and continue the work of Roger Tory Peterson to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world.  Our motto: Learn it, love it, protect it!

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world to the public in the 20th century. Over a long career that began with nature study in the seventh grade in Jamestown, New York, he observed, recorded and published for lay audiences the incredible beauty and diversity of plants and animals from North America and around the world.

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Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)

This is one very startled-looking Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)! He was actually...

Perched Blue-throated Goldentail (Hylocharis eliciae)

Check out the raw beauty of this perched Blue-throated Goldentail (Hylocharis eliciae)...

Snowmobile Map

It’s official! Hunting season is over and opening day of the snowmobiling season...

Bird Portraits by Steve Cagan

“Bird Portraits” by Steve Cagan will only be on our walls for a couple more...

Worn Field Guide – Throwback Thursday

This is my current Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North...

Pacific screech owl (Megascops cooperi)

Where do you think this owl was found? And what species do you think it is? I can tell...

Black-capped Chickadee Feeding

This Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) appeared to be a very indecisive...

Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

If you live in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region of Western New York you are far more...

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) hanging out

The Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is what RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser...

Purple Finch vs House Finch comparison with feeder birds

Here we have a female Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) feeding throughout the video...

Banded Blue-throated Goldentail (Hylocharis eliciae)

While editing images from this weekend I noticed something on this Blue-throated...

Downy Woodpecker Peeking

Hey there, Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). Way to hang out on a Monday morning....

Head-turning Tufted Titmouse

This Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is a real head-turner! Yes, I will be here all...

Red Knots Federally Threatened

Last week the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that the rufa subspecies of Red...