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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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Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly at RTPI

Here’s a Friday evening butterfly, the Great Spangled Fritillary, that was one of...

Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)

On our recent trip to Rim Rock Overlook on the Allegheny National Forest, we surveyed...

Lyme Disease bullseye rash

Recognize this? If you ever have a “bug bite” that feels warm to the touch...

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

The Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) butterfly is a neighbor we have all...

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Some of the butterflies hanging out at RTPI today include the Red-spotted Purple,...

Roger Tory Peterson – Galapagos

Here’s a Throwback Thursday photo to Roger Tory Peterson in the Galapagos in 1964...

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) dragonfly nymph

Extraterrestrial? No, and at this point not even terrestrial – this dragonfly...

Monarch butterflies

Here it is, one Meet Your Neighbours display that needs no introduction – the...

Arrowhead Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua)

This Arrowhead Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua) can be seen ovipositing, laying eggs,...

Final Peterson plate on display

Yesterday’s post with Roger Tory Peterson’s final plate drew a lot of...

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

There have been more Silver-spotted Skippers (Epargyreus clarus) out and about at many...

Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)

The week may be over but we’re going to keep going with the moths! Here’s...

Roger Tory Peterson’s final plate

Roger Tory Peterson passed away on this date, July 28, in 1996. He was working on this...

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Here’s a familiar neighbor from many of our backyards, the Eastern Chipmunk...