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RTPI galleries will be closed from August 30 - September 7 while we install our next exhibition, "Rainforest Adventures". Our Nature Store will be open! Please call us before your visit for more information.

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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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)

I have recorded several first-of-year birds for me this week that I missed during spring...

August Art

Have you visited us at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History to...

Art Books

You need to check out the John Seerey-Lester limited edition books for sale in the RTPI...

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

The little Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus) butterfly can easily go unseen in the...

Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)

The uncommon skippers are starting to pop up more and more as butterflies fill the...

Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)

Earlier today I enjoyed my second Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) of the...

Cranes

If you can’t find the cranes outside then come enjoy them inside here at RTPI...

Keeping the World Wild – Final Week

It’s the final week for Keeping the World Wild at RTPI! Come by now through Sunday...

Snowy Egret

August vacation? Enjoying a day at the beach? Find some friends like this Snowy Egret if...

Little House Wren

Hey little House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), time to get out of here soon! The August...

Red Admiral Reflection

This was one finely crafted and very reflective Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)...

Lightning Rainbow

Here’s a thunderstorm from earlier this week with orange, pink, purple, white and...

American Goldfinch on Cutleaf Coneflower

This American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) posed so delightfully for a split second while...

Hot Northern Flicker

Here is the Roger Tory Peterson “spark” bird, the Northern Flicker. This...