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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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Water Merlin

Those falcons sure do love their water! They know that birds are in the open, exposed,...

Tale of Two April Climates

The first half of April 2015 was a Tale of Two Climates: when compared to long-term...

Feeling Spring at RTPI

This shot may have been from a little later in the season last year at RTPI, but it has...

Black-and-white Warblers

Here we have both the male and female Black-and-white Warblers (Mniotilta varia),...

Unintentional Disturbances Threaten Waterbirds

There are a number of activities that can unintentionally scare, disturb or even...

Osprey Pole

Kind of like Snowy Owls in the winter, one could spend their summer wandering around and...

White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus)

Here we have a male White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus) a common tanager in...

Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus)

This is a Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus), and a transition male that is close to...

RTPI Spring Newsletter 2015

Please enjoy our newest newsletter, the RTPI News & Notes Spring 2015, below! In it...

Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)

Here’s a tremendous angle on the Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)...

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

This Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was actively feeding at a migratory stopover site, enjoying a...

Talking Tanagers

Happy Earth Day! The Talking Tanagers want you to spread the word about why actively...

April 2015 Ornithological Club

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute Ornithological Club has regular monthly meetings from...

Pine Siskin & American Goldfinch

The feeders of Western New York are brightening up as the surrounding gardens and...