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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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Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)

One irruptive bird species we can anticipate seeing many more of soon is the Common...

Powerline corridors, plants and wildlife

Powerline corridors, as well as gas and oil pipeline right of ways, are often an...

Hunting Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

This Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is on the hunt and you can tell this is the...

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

This tiny bundle of Halloween fear and dread was photographed by RTPI Affiliate Sean...

Sunlight on an autumn Tulip Tree

This Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) certainly looks beautifully imposing...

Pallas’s Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina)

This Pallas’s Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) by Twan is hanging out,...

Explosive fall foliage continues

The explosive fall foliage continues throughout the Northeast! I took this photo several...

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Have you seen any more Red-breasted Nuthatches than usual at your feeders or in your...

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Here’s a Halloween-themed sight! Non-hawk watchers often ask me, “How do you...

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Here’s one of the what feels like thousands of Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)...

Monarch Migration Report from the Finger Lakes

Last week my husband and I took a trip to the Finger Lakes for a fun adventure to a new...

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

There has been an enormous southward movement of Ruby-crowned Kinglets (like this one...

Peak Week

Last week seemed to be the peak for fall foliage, with brilliant reds, yellows and...

Water Testing

This week we have been getting outside collecting water samples and running some tests...