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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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American Black Bear footprint

I took this photo of an American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) footprint on a recent...

American Redstart

Adult male American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla) like this one are such a symbol for...

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch butterfly caterpillars like this one have been seen in higher than typical...

September surveys

Pictured here are Elyse and Twan during a recent survey where Twan was actually allowed...

Live hawk watching

Live from the Boothe Park Hawk Watch on lovely and perfect day for raptor...

Identify this scat

I apologize in advance for anyone not intrigued by identifying animal scat but it can be...

Closed Bottle Gentian (Gentiana clausa)

This lovely flower goes by the name of Gentiana clausa, otherwise known as the Closed...

Spiny Softshell Turtle young

At this time last year we were fortunate to be able to record some Spiny Softshell...

Cold front coming

Normally I would love to see this low and cold front coming through in this manner in...

Fawn Darner (Boyeria vinosa)

Around this time last year we saw hundreds and hundreds of Fawn Darners (Boyeria vinosa)...

Broad-winged Hawks and hawk watch season

It is nearly time for an exhilarating explosion of raptors down the eastern seaboard....

Clamp-tipped Emerald (Somatochlora tenebrosa)

Up close and personal, looking this female Clamp-tipped Emerald (Somatochlora tenebrosa)...

Red-spotted Purple butterfly

I saw this distant Red-spotted Purple butterfly yesterday morning while finding some...

Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

Hard to believe we’re in Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)...