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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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American Goldfinch

This American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) was enamored with feeding on some Mexican...

Lesser Maple Spanworm Face

Here is a face to face of sorts with the Lesser Maple Spanworm (Speranza pustularia)....

Heating Up

Things are heating up! We are near the hottest part of the calendar year, and this week...

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

The Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina), one of the more charismatic dragonflies in...

The bizarre microcosm in a teaspoon of Chadakoin River water…

The bizarre microcosm in a teaspoon of Chadakoin river water (Jamestown, NY)… The...

Oak Sparganothis Moth

National Moth Week continues! This moth looks to be an Oak Sparganothis (Cenopis...

Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day? Not quite! The grass is a little too green for that…but this...

Magnificent Bryozoan

And now for something completely different: a brick! More specifically, a brick with a...

Dragonfly Swarm!

On the evening of July 21, 2015 a cold front was rapidly advancing through Stratford,...

American Ermine Moth

These look to be the American Ermine moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella), a common if tiny...

Dragonfly Hike

Here is a short video of the dragonfly hike that I led last weekend at the Aspetuck Land...

Double-banded Grass-veneer Moth

This looks to be a Double-banded Grass-veneer moth (Crambus agitatellus), and I thank it...

Harvester Butterfly

Here is a shot of the Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) butterfly in its natural...

Beach Trash

This photo and information via one of our colleagues, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...