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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 marked 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. Last year also saw the start of RTPI’s Project Wild America intent on continuing that work. Various programs are currently under way in 2016 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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Red Fox Trail

Hey pal, the trail goes that way – oh, sorry. This Red Fox was heading home early...

Cedar Waxwings Drinking

It is getting warm out there! As we move towards summer you will find more and more...

Large Whorled Pogonia (Isotria verticillata)

Well, it only took Twan three years and several trips to find this beauty flowering, but...

Northern Cardinal

As we often focus on our gorgeous neotropical migrant visitors we can neglect the...

On the Fence?

Are you on the fence about going outside today? Fly off the couch and see how many...

Common Tern

Here is a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) photographed recently while resting on a rock at...

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Portrait

I’ve seen a lot of tropical birds, in many tropical colors, but the Baltimore...

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

There is nothing like seeing the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) fly...

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

One of these days I’ll stop posting pictures of Painted Trillium (Trillium...

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

The American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla) keep on coming! As some of our...

Least Terns Return

The terns have returned! Here we have a pair of Least Terns photographed off Stratford...

Bee Swarm

Just one of those days where you wished there was not just a macro lens on your...

Black-and-white Warblers

Black-and-white Warblers (Mniotilta varia) were the most common migrant this spring in...

Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia)

RTPI President Twan Leenders was looking for native orchids recently in the Allegheny...