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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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Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides)

Forget-me, forget-me-not. The true forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a common...

Monarch proposed to U.S. Endangered Species Act

Kudos to our friends at The Xerces Society for joining forces with other experts in...

Observations

Being a good observer takes a lot of practice, especially when working in the natural...

Roger Tory Peterson’s first job

Here’s a 17 year-old Roger Tory Peterson for #TransformationTuesday with this...

Nice doggy? Horseshoe Crab

Milhouse Monday? He may have said “Nice doggy” but if he had his glasses...

Connecticut Ornithological Association/Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds Shorebird Identification Workshop

Here’s Audubon Connecticut’s Patrick Comins talking to a great group of...

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) on False Queen Anne’s Lace (Ammi majus)

Attractive August butterflies are all around us at the moment! This pairing was...

Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus)

In the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region we have two species of dusky salamanders that have a...

Don’t whack the snakes

Even The Simpsons knew harming snakes is so very wrong. As we enter the season where...

Northern Flicker by Ralph Sandquist at RTPI

The species that started everything for Roger Tory Peterson – the Northern...

Busy bees

Shout out and thanks to the bees busy at work this week. We couldn’t...

Roger Tory Peterson on the coast

#ThrowbackThursday to our own Dr. Roger Tory Peterson enjoying what looks to be a...

Plain Plume Moth (Hellinsia homodactylus)

The Plain Plume Moth (Hellinsia homodactylus) is one of those neighbors of ours that we...

Roger Tory Peterson collecting insects

For #TransformationTuesday here’s a young Roger Tory Peterson with an insect net....