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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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Cocobolo Nature Reserve Education

Our tropical field season is coming to an end and, even though it is snowing outside in...

Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)

Sean has captured over thirty species of hummingbirds but this is now his favorite: the...

Goodbye March Sky

As we say goodbye to March and its cold, dark and dreary skies we turn a hopeful eye to...

Zombie Ant

This is a real life zombie, a tropical ant species infected by a cordycep fungus. The...

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

Here is the Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula), a large hummingbird commonly...

Air Pollution in New York and Connecticut

Here’s the view from Stratford Point in Stratford, Connecticut on a recent March...

Spring Bird Forecast #1 – Spring Migration Time!

Here’s the first Spring Bird Forecast brought to you by Audubon Connecticut and...

Coming Soon! Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of...

Eurasian Wigeon Calling & Courting

Take a look and listen to this drake Eurasian Wigeon calling and courting some female...

Gray Ghost Northern Harrier

This is a “Gray Ghost” Northern Harrier, an adult male soaring through the...

Vernal Pools Poking Through

Last weekend as we were out surveying for HWA in Dobbin’s Woods, a beautiful...

Pileated Woodpecker Holes

These are some extra fresh Pileated Woodpecker holes! That wood looks like it has been...

Eastern Phoebe Wet & Cold

This Eastern Phoebe is wet and cold today, and I had to crank up the ISO to get...

Brown-headed Cowbird Pair

Last week I saw my first Brown-headed Cowbirds of the year, one of the blackbird species...