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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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Gray Ghost Northern Harrier

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Vernal Pools Poking Through

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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

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Daffodil Buds

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Amphibian Crossing

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Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

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Fox Sparrows Moving

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Return of the Osprey

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