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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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Roger Tory Peterson collecting insects

For #TransformationTuesday here’s a young Roger Tory Peterson with an insect net....

Identify this silhouette at a distance

I spotted this bird at RTPI today from a distance without binoculars and knew its...

Coyote advisement in Connecticut

I thought this coyote “warning” (really a press release that should be...

Confused Haploa moth

The Confused Haploa moth (Haploa confusa)…I don’t know if it has that name...

Visit RTPI this weekend

We hope to see many of you walking through the doors of RTPI this weekend! Enjoy these...

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) on Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Here are a couple of neighbors, already acquainted with one another, for you to meet...

Share eBird checklists with us

These Semipalmated Sandpipers may be flying by a coast near you now as shorebird...

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

It’s tough to be certain at this age but this appears to be a Western Conifer Seed...

Visit us at RTPI – Exquisite Miniatures

Dozens and dozens of people visiting us at RTPI on this rainy and cool Wednesday!...

New York state 24-hour precipitation record

Unbelievable! A preliminary all-time New York state 24-hour precipitation record has...

Dark-spotted Palthis (Palthis angulalis)

The Dark-spotted Palthis (Palthis angulalis) moth seems so angular and streamlined,...

More thunderstorms and flooding

I would say “another day, another thunderstorm” but we get multiple events...

Roger Tory Peterson – Transformation Tuesday

We’ve all seen who Roger Tory Peterson grew up to become and we frequently post...

Bees collecting pollen

There have been many busy bees buzzing by me wherever I go lately, collecting all of...