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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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International Day for Biological Diversity

Sean saw a lot of great posts today about International Day for Biological Diversity and...

Chestnut-sided Morning

It was a decidedly Chestnut-sided morning for Twan recently, with this cooperative...

Yard Sharp-shinned Hawk

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American Oystercatchers in Flight

That is one chatty American Oystercatcher! I wonder if the other two had nothing to say...

Relaxing Kit

Right after I mentioned I had been having trouble seeing and photographing any of my Red...

Birds As EAB Indicators

Being small in size as an adult and hidden underneath tree bark as larvae, Emerald Ash...

Killdeer Nest

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Blackpoll Warbler

This female Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) gave me decent views on a cloudy,...

Andrena sp

This is an Andrena sp., most likely Andrena cornelli, a species associated with Azalea...

Yellow Warbler

This male Yellow Warbler was more engrossed in feeding and foraging than singing and...

Fox Kit Exploration

This is one of “my” Red Fox kits, originally six that emerged several weeks...

Eastern Tailed-blue

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Cedar Waxwings

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House Wren at Home

Twan and I both have House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) at making homes at our homes...