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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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Fall Bay-breasted Warbler

An appropriate first post for September (what, already?!), this Bay-breasted Warbler...

See Art and the Animal!

Were you among the many visitors to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History...

Beautiful Trail

This is what the summer is all about! Get out there and enjoy some fresh air on your...

Snowy Egret Rock

I guess even the Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) might want to enjoy some time on the shore...

Apple Tree

Soon it will be the season for apple picking, and the tree in this orchard is looking...

CREA’s Cocobolo Tanagers

Sean created this beautiful image of a few of the common tanagers the crew catches in...

Trash King

Maybe if you’re going to be drinking the “king of beers” you could...

Society of Animal Artist’s 55th Annual Exhibition, Art and the Animal – Opening Reception

Opening reception – Society of Animal Artist’s 55th Annual Exhibition, Art and the...

Monarch Profile

No matter the wind or the weather the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies seem to...

Brown-throated Three-toed-sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser is starting to feel the itch to get back to work in the...

Radar Overnight August 21, 2015

And here is what you get after you have a cold front move through in the day before a...

Insects to Birds

It is starting to get darker earlier each day. The sunflowers are growing in height. The...

Radar Overnight August 20, 2015

This is a radar image from overnight on August 20-21, 2015. As you can see there were a...

No Vandalism

This…no one needs this! This was not an accident, and the “NO DOGS”...