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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.

Project Wild America

2015 marked the 60th Anniversary of Roger Tory Peterson’s book Wild America in which he and his close friend British naturalist James Fisher showed us that nature is everywhere – if you know when, where and how to look and listen. Last year also saw the start of RTPI’s Project Wild America intent on continuing that work. Various programs are currently under way in 2016 as part of Project Wild America, connecting people with nature in their own backyard.

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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European Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

Today our Project Wild America crew let me play with one of their recent encounters, a...

Painted Skimmer

The Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata) dragonfly – hard to find a more...

Bumblebee & Beetle

One of the many, many bumblebees in my yard looked just off. When I caught it for a...

Butterfly Milkweed

Why is this stuff called Butterfly...

Pink Tiger

This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) was looking a little tattered and torn,...

Green Frog

This Green Frog recently took a hop my way on a wonderfully sunny day. Despite those...

Huge Thank You!

During NY Invasive Species Awareness Week RTPI hosted a number of events raising...

Queen Anne’s Lace

Who needs fireworks when you have Queen Anne’s...

Mated Monarchs

This was a memorable moment from last weekend – a mated pair of Monarch...

Silver-spotted Skipper

Here are a couple more photos of that Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)...

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

So, here’s the deal: if you sneak into our blueberry patch, eat our...

Red-spotted Purple

This is a Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) butterfly showing off some of those...

Small White

Here is a Small White, or Cabbage White, (Pieris rapae) butterfly feeding on some Swamp...

Bank Swallow

Speaking of July migrant birds, here we have the Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia), a...