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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.

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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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) by Scott Kruitbosch

Hello again, winter! This brutal snap back to frozen precipitation and frigid air is...

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) by Scott Kruitbosch

The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is the most vibrant and unmistakable...

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) by Sean Graesser

I went for a walk in the Sourlands today which is a large track of contiguous forest...

Eastern-tailed Blue (Cupido comyntas) by Scott Kruitbosch

While dragonflies pop up in Western New York butterflies of various species are all over...

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) by Twan Leenders

I was fully counting on seeing several new birds I had not come across yet in Western...

Brant (Branta bernicla) by Scott Kruitbosch

Can you ID this migrant group along the Connecticut coast? These Brant (Branta...

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) by Scott Kruitbosch

It’s time for some heavy lifting and hauling as Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are...

Beach training

Beach training for Piping Plover and Least Tern monitoring with CT DEEP, Audubon...

Birds on radar

The birds were on the move last night on a good southerly flow in front of the cold...

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) by Sean Graesser

Sean called this Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) he shot charismatic and I...

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) by Twan Leenders

One optimistic Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) was calling from the marsh behind...

White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) by Twan Leenders

Here’s that White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) showing off why, as a...

White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) by Sean Graesser

This White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) by Sean for Meet Your Neighbours has...

Throwback Thursday – Twan Leenders

Throwback Thursday! I took this photo of now RTPI President Twan Leenders while we...