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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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Common Tern diving

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

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

After a lot of cool weather with lows into the 40s at night at times and yet more rain...

NYS Young Birders Club

Via Carena Pooth – The NYS Young Birders Club’s July 20th trip was to the...

Painted Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia fucosa)

It’s National Moth Week! Take a look at this beauty we found during the RTPI/SUNY...

Red Admiral butterfly and neonicotinoids

Please be mindful of what you’re using in your yard or garden and keep bees, birds...

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)

Swamp rose (Rosa palustris) was amongst the many plants that were added to the botanical...

Great Egret up close

This Great Egret looks like it has a lot to say and is extremely ready to start the work...

Spotted Salamander and Eastern Newt

Here are a couple of friends we met and Sean photographed during the BioBlitz yesterday...

RTPI BioBlitz of SUNY College Lodge complete

At the end of 24 hours we have tallied 510+ species at the SUNY College Lodge BioBlitz...

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

This American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) was photographed by Sean yesterday in Connecticut...

Banded Snail-eater (Sibon annulatus)

Okay, just one more before World Snake Day is over… The Banded Snail-eater (Sibon...

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

Today is World Snake Day, intended to draw attention to the plight of snakes worldwide...

Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami)

The Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami) is an uncommon coastal dragonfly in...

Northern Mockingbird nestlings

Can you identify these young ones? They’re from Connecticut and were seen today by...