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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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Keep cats indoors

The State of the Birds Report 2014 tells us that 2.4 billion birds are killed by cats...

Chipmunks collecting for winter

Does this happen to you? Even if you have baffles up on well-protected feeders it is...

More recyclable plastic

I can still remember when we first got the “blue bin” to toss recyclable...

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

When seen alone the Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) doesn’t look so small in...

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

There are still plenty of shorebird migrants to be found like this Ruddy Turnstone...

High and far migrant raptors

Can you identify the migrants in the center of the cirrus? Take a look…a hard...

Frightened snakes

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AAfCW thank you party

Here are some of our guests arriving as we set up earlier this evening at the beautiful...

Apex predator or small meal?

When looking at a “teenage” Timber Rattlesnake from above like this it seems...

Mantis above Pachysandra

Here’s a Chinese Mantis hanging out while looking for a snack above a Pachysandra...

American Black Bear footprint

I took this photo of an American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) footprint on a recent...

American Redstart

Adult male American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla) like this one are such a symbol for...

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch butterfly caterpillars like this one have been seen in higher than typical...

September surveys

Pictured here are Elyse and Twan during a recent survey where Twan was actually allowed...