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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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Mottled Owl (Strix virgata)

You never know what is under the leaves, and in the tropics that sort of sentiment gets...

Blizzard of 2015

I love this very recent Throwback Thursday image from three days ago taken in space of...

Woodpeckers of Newfoundland

Here’s a Throwback Thursday of a different sort – five woodpeckers from...

Rusty Blackbird Pair

Here is a Throwback Thursday to a Rusty Blackbird male and female in the winter snow...

Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis) Pair

We have showed you the exquisite male previously but here we have both the Long-tailed...

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

This Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) was being blown around by the wind, as seen by...

RTPIOC Tonight! January 28, 2015

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History Ornithological...

New CLICK Program in Panama

With this storm settling down, Twan and I are preparing for our return to Panama...

Rincon de La Vieja National Park

To contrast some of the winter scenery I have posted recently, not to mention the very...

Snowy Trails

This weekend brought a small bought of freezing rain that made things a bit slick, but...

The Four MoSI Warblers

The 2014-15 MoSI, or Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal (Monitoring of Winter...

Pileated Woodpecker Signs

Here is another telltale bird sign that you can find rather easily in the winter. Any...

Blizzard Inbound?

Here’s the snowfall on tap for Roger Tory Peterson’s old Nutmeg home from...

Four Costa Rican Hummingbirds

Four species of resident Costa Rican hummingbirds: the Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia...