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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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Rainbows at RTPI

As rain and warm temperatures have moved across the east, some spectacular displays of...

Mobile tours at RTPI

Be on the lookout for these signs if you visit us at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute...

Thanksgiving is coming

Thanksgiving is coming…what do you think this face says to you? Thanks for the...

Tundra Swans

Chautauqua Lake provides an excellent feeding ground for a number of migrating ducks,...

Snowy Owl eBird Map 11/24/14

Here is the Snowy Owl eBird map for August through November as of Monday morning,...

Autumn Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

This beautiful Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) posed wonderfully for me in the shade...

Sand in your face

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been here before! You’re trying to relax on...

Feeding Fox Sparrow

Twan snapped this snappy shot of a fine Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) feeding in the...

Mourning Dove flocks

Is it just me or have you observed large flocks of Mourning Doves in unexpected or...

Tropical research and conservation season coming soon!

The tropical research and conservation season is coming up soon for the Roger Tory...

Turkey Thursday – perching bird

Here’s a Turkey Thursday shot, now one week from Thanksgiving, of a posing perched...

Natural History Atlas to the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region scanned & online

Another Throwback Thursday – in 2001 the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural...

Peterson Field Guides

Throwback Thursday to the original! It was now over 80 years ago that Roger Tory...

Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

Even when the Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) is not quite living up to its...