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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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Snowy Trails

This weekend brought a small bought of freezing rain that made things a bit slick, but...

The Four MoSI Warblers

The 2014-15 MoSI, or Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal (Monitoring of Winter...

Pileated Woodpecker Signs

Here is another telltale bird sign that you can find rather easily in the winter. Any...

Blizzard Inbound?

Here’s the snowfall on tap for Roger Tory Peterson’s old Nutmeg home from...

Four Costa Rican Hummingbirds

Four species of resident Costa Rican hummingbirds: the Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia...

Snowy Forest and Landscape

Let’s take a moment to admire and soak in the snowy forests and landscapes...

Redhead on Lake Erie

Here is a drake Redhead duck having a quiet swim in Lake Erie on a cloudy day with lake...

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium ridgwayi)

This Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium ridgwayi) was described by RTPI Affiliate Sean...

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

One of the more rare visitors to winter feeding stations, the Field Sparrow (Spizella...

Frog Friday Parenting

Thank Goodness it’s Frog Friday again! Although every day is frog day in my book,...

Throwback Thursday-MYN

Throwback Thursday! I took this photo of our President, Twan Leenders, photographing a...

Low Winter Snowy Sun

This low winter snowy sun is everything that I love about January as we watch it slowly...

Common Redpolls Arriving!

I have been very glad to see that Common Redpolls are finally arriving in many locations...

Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus phaeotis)

Say “good morning” to this Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus phaeotis), a new...