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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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Pennsylvania forest in fall

The Pennsylvania forest in Warren County is a lovely place to hike even when it has such...

A Short-snout Weevil (Compsus sp.)

This Short-snout Weevil (Compsus sp.) was photographed by RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser...

Monarch on goldenrod

This Monarch was feeding on goldenrod right on the edge of the coastal bluff, being...

Migrant Monarch

Today I was thrilled to see several dozen Monarch butterflies as I surveyed a classic...

Helpful jumping spider

This jumping spider seems like it is ready to pounce! And look at those eyes…they...

Golden October days

We hope you all have a sensational weekend and enjoy the October sights! These golden...

Goodbye to green and growing season

We have already had multiple frosts and freezes in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region. This...

Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus)

The Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) is showing the world that amphibians are as...

Common Green Darners still moving

After a scorching day on Tuesday (OK, in relative mid-October temperature terms) with...

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

This Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) is another unintentional catch by RTPI...

Leaves are leaving

This is a picture of the Chadakoin River before all of yesterday’s formidable...

Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans)

This Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) was netted and subsequently...

A warm fall day

Temperatures are soaring upwards today to the mid 70s and the strong southerly flow...

Chadakoin River in downtown Jamestown

The Chadakoin River, pictured here in downtown Jamestown, is glowing with life and...