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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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First RTPI President Has Died at Age 93

Paul A. Benke was born in May of 1921 and died peacefully at home in Falconer on...

HWA Survey Reminder

Tomorrow come join us as we survey Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Cassadaga...

“The Art of Backyard Bird Photography” Ending!

There are only a few more days to come enjoy RTPI’s current exhibit featuring...

Brant (Branta bernicla)

It has been a slow season for the Brant (Branta bernicla) of Long Island Sound. From...

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is probably the most rare bird that my...

Western Slaty-Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha)

According to Sean, the Western Slaty-Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha) is one of the...

Drake Common Goldeneye Flying

This drake Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is on the move, ready to head back to...

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)

One of the most unique and unmistakable North American birds, the Black Skimmer...

Buy Banff Tickets!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of...

Love in the Air

When I first saw these birds I noticed that the American Wigeon male and female seemed...

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of...

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

This Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) was photographed in Florida by Twan but it could...

Sleepy Snowy Owl

I recently found this Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) taking a snooze on a cloudy and dreary...

Willets in Waves

These Willets were enjoying the warm waters of Florida’s western shore, resting...