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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.

Project Wild America

2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of Roger Tory Peterson’s book Wild America in which he and his close friend British naturalist James Fisher showed us that nature is everywhere – if you know when, where and how to look and listen. This year also saw the start of RTPI’s Project Wild America intent on continuing that work. Various programs are currently under way as part of Project Wild America, connecting people with nature in their own backyard.

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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Great Black-backed Gull

Here is a Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) that was relaxing on this balmy...

HWA Survey February 5

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Surveys This winter season we will have a series of field surveys...

Chautauqua Lake Sunset

So, I can’t let Scott have all the fun shooting beautiful sunsets and felt that...

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

While our winter raptor surveys have been rather quiet lately, we have caught glimpses...

Panama Cross-banded Tree Frog (Smilisca sila)

Here is a Panama Cross-banded Tree Frog (Smilisca sila) sitting on the riverside back of...

Red-breasted Mergansers

These Red-breasted Mergansers were enjoying some diving and feeding on another lovely...

Black Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis)

Here’s the Black Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis) courtesy of RTPI...

Common Goldeneye

The drake Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) on the right was swimming with several...

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

Here’s an aptly named Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) hummingbird to...

Valley of San Luis

This utterly spectacular view of the valley in San Luis, Puntarenas, Costa Rica was...

Weekend Fun

Headed out on the trails this weekend? Before you do, check out this how-to video...

Long-tailed Ducks

These Long-tailed Ducks are showing off some unexpected camouflage on a cloudy day,...

Downy Woodpecker

As I speculated a few days ago, this is now the time when you will be finding more birds...

Long-billed Starthroat

Here is a great close-up of the Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris)...