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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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Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

I have not seen many Black Swallowtails this year with a few here or there at best...

Passenger Pigeon centennial

The world’s last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died at 1PM on September 1, 1914 at the...

Lesser Vagabond Sod Webworm

The young Roger Tory Peterson spent his nights catching and identifying moths by the...

Late August front and nocturnal migrants

Let’s play find the front! Here’s a radar grab from a few minutes ago that...

Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea)

Dragonfly fall migration is underway! I netted this Spot-winged Glider flying around...

Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)

As I was walking in the yard here at RTPI, I came across this little Wood Frog (Rana...

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

This Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) is the one rarity Twan and I enjoyed in the...

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene Sooty Terns

Three years ago tonight we in Connecticut and the tri-state area were recovering from...

Happy birthday Roger Tory Peterson!

Happy birthday to Roger Tory Peterson! Dr. Peterson would have been 106 years old today....

American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis)

I have yet to see a Giant Swallowtail for 2014 but I was happy to photograph this...

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides)

Forget-me, forget-me-not. The true forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a common...

Monarch proposed to U.S. Endangered Species Act

Kudos to our friends at The Xerces Society for joining forces with other experts in...

Observations

Being a good observer takes a lot of practice, especially when working in the natural...

Roger Tory Peterson’s first job

Here’s a 17 year-old Roger Tory Peterson for #TransformationTuesday with this...