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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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Peak Week

Last week seemed to be the peak for fall foliage, with brilliant reds, yellows and...

Water Testing

This week we have been getting outside collecting water samples and running some tests...

Upcoming Jim Berry RTPI program: “History of the Field Guide”

Jim Berry will present a program on the “History of the Field Guide” at the next meeting...

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

This juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) had landed only moments before I...

Robert Bateman, Roger Tory Peterson, Sir Peter Scott

Throwback Thursday: here we have Robert Bateman, Roger Tory Peterson, and Sir Peter...

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) in HD

Right now the migrating American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) can be found on farms and...

Coming Soon: In the Footsteps of Roger Tory Peterson Cell Phone Tour

Here’s a sneak peek of our brand new signs, printed by our friends at 360...

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

If you feed birds at home in the east it is extremely likely you have White-throated...

Song and Swamp Sparrows

Friendly and cooperative Song Sparrow: “Sure, I’ll pose for an artsy...

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Monarchs are not the only butterflies to see as we enter late October. I photographed...

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

I photographed this drake Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) from afar yesterday so as not to...

Resting Monarch

This Monarch butterfly was content to take a rest out of the wind for a while. Part of...

Pennsylvania forest in fall

The Pennsylvania forest in Warren County is a lovely place to hike even when it has such...

A Short-snout Weevil (Compsus sp.)

This Short-snout Weevil (Compsus sp.) was photographed by RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser...