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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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Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)

The week may be over but we’re going to keep going with the moths! Here’s...

Roger Tory Peterson’s final plate

Roger Tory Peterson passed away on this date, July 28, in 1996. He was working on this...

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Here’s a familiar neighbor from many of our backyards, the Eastern Chipmunk...

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding

We’ll end National Moth Week with some field shots of the Hummingbird Clearwing...

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

One of the last amphibious babies in Twan’s tanks takes what he calls “the...

Virgin Tiger Moth (Grammia virgo)

Today’s moth is a Virgin Tiger Moth (Grammia virgo) and a species that you could...

Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtles (Apalone spinifera)

We’re still finding time to monitor the Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtles (Apalone...

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)

I was very happy to end my Friday by finding this Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas...

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

It’s turning out to be a gorgeous afternoon once again across the Northeast....

White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla)

Does this look like a moth to you? To me it has the shape of a mosquito more than any...

Black Bullhead (Ameiurus melas) & Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)

These are a couple of entirely different catches from the RTPI/SUNY College Lodge...

Straight-lined Plagodis (Plagodis phlogosaria)

Here’s today National Moth Week specimen, the Straight-lined Plagodis (Plagodis...

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Elyse and I spent most of today conducting field work at one of our Natural History...

Common Tern diving

Take a look at these shots by Sean of a Common Tern in a dive before smashing into the...