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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 2017 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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Bobcat

They say any evening you spend with a Bobcat is a good evening – okay, maybe they...

Back to Winter

And we are back to winter! It has certainly been a turbulent ride over the past few...

Green-breasted Mangos

Since everyone loves these tails here is another shot of both male and female...

Blue-winged Teal Hen

The hen Blue-winged Teal is rather skilled at going unnoticed with its drab colors and...

Blue-throated Sapphire

RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser remarks that gold seems to be a rare plumage in...

Sun Height

Have you noticed the days getting longer, and that sun rising in the sky? Between that...

Green-breasted Mangos Feeding

Here is a photo depicting, as RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser describes it, how crowded it...

Blue Jay End

Speaking of hawks, it appears that I came upon the final remains of a Blue Jay...

Red-shouldered Hawk

This is not one of the winter raptors we have trained our volunteers to record this...

Male Black Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis)

Birds are not the only creatures that RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser was wrangling during...

Soggy HWA Survey

Our first two Hemlock Woolly Adelgid surveys have been successful in the fact that we...

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) Female Feathers

We showed you RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser’s look at the feathers of a male...

Roger at Hawk Mountain

We hope that you keep cozy and warm this weekend, much like Roger Tory Peterson appears...

January Sunset

This has been a tough winter for sunsets with either inclement weather and overcast...