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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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Black-eyed Susan

It is a beautiful time of the year with July’s grasses and flowers filling every...

Four-spotted Yellowneck

This extremely tiny moth seems to be a Four-spotted Yellowneck (Oegoconia quadripuncta)....

Hey, aren’t you supposed to be in a meeting or something?

RTPI director, Twan Leenders, enjoys an afternoon on the Chadakoin River in Jamestown...

More Balloons

Another day, another pile of trash removed from the beaches by one of us. This time CT...

Noble S. Proctor Memorial Service

Via Patrick Lynch: For those of you could not get there, or others interested, this is a...

Eastern Purple Coneflower

This Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) makes for a spectacular...

“Water is the beginning of all things.” – Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C.

“Water is the beginning of all things.” – Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C....

American Goldfinch

This American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) was enamored with feeding on some Mexican...

Lesser Maple Spanworm Face

Here is a face to face of sorts with the Lesser Maple Spanworm (Speranza pustularia)....

Heating Up

Things are heating up! We are near the hottest part of the calendar year, and this week...

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

The Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina), one of the more charismatic dragonflies in...

The bizarre microcosm in a teaspoon of Chadakoin River water…

The bizarre microcosm in a teaspoon of Chadakoin river water (Jamestown, NY)… The...

Oak Sparganothis Moth

National Moth Week continues! This moth looks to be an Oak Sparganothis (Cenopis...

Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day? Not quite! The grass is a little too green for that…but this...