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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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April Sky

It is such an underrated thrill to have more frequently clear, dynamic and vivid cirrus...

Olivaceous Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus olivaceus)

Sean called the look on this Olivaceous Flatbill’s (Rhynchocyclus olivaceus) face...

Tree Swallows Pairing Up

I hope you have your nest boxes ready because the Tree Swallows have arrived. They are...

Piping Plovers in the Sand

This warm week has jump started breeding as Piping Plover pairs are getting much more...

Male Competition

The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) is another early spring breeding amphibian common to our...

Palm Warblers Arriving

After the Pines come the Palms, and we now have some tail-wagging Palm Warbler friends...

Underwater World

While these little white puffs may look like little air pockets escaping from underwater...

American Oystercatchers Relaxing

American Oystercatchers have been pairing off across Connecticut, and a few sites and...

Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

The Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) can be found in the forests of South and...

Diurnal Barred Owl

Recently I heard a Barred Owl calling during the mid-afternoon on a warm, beautiful day....

Red Fox Pup Exploring

It did not take long for the very young Red Fox pups from this family to start exploring...

Slow Piping Plovers

This year has been rather cold – talk about news you did not need to know, huh?...

Red-capped Manakins (Ceratopipra mentalis)

Here we have the Red-capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis), a species that commonly...

Wake Up!

It’s time to wake up – spring is here! Get outside and enjoy it, whether...