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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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Birds and small mammals can’t read

I have spotted wayyy too many cats outdoors today with a lot of small passerine targets...

Late Summer Sunsets

Autumn is just around the corner as summer is coming to a close. However, there is still...

‘Painting Birds to Save Them’

Our oldest example of Roger Tory Peterson’s field guide work – a plate...

Winter Trails Cell Phone Tour Update

This summer has been a busy one as we have been working away on conservation projects,...

Signs here, there and everywhere

It’s always a pleasure to see some natural history on display in very public areas...

Meadowhawks abound

How many meadowhawks are still massing in or migrating through your yard? I spotted this...

Our Local Waterways

Ever wonder what causes the green sheen seen in the area’s lakes, or what issues...

Keep cats indoors

The State of the Birds Report 2014 tells us that 2.4 billion birds are killed by cats...

Chipmunks collecting for winter

Does this happen to you? Even if you have baffles up on well-protected feeders it is...

More recyclable plastic

I can still remember when we first got the “blue bin” to toss recyclable...

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

When seen alone the Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) doesn’t look so small in...

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

There are still plenty of shorebird migrants to be found like this Ruddy Turnstone...

High and far migrant raptors

Can you identify the migrants in the center of the cirrus? Take a look…a hard...

Frightened snakes

Here’s Twan photographing one of the Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) we...