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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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Baltimore Oriole

I took these photos of this male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) this morning while...

Lesser Sac-winged Bat (Saccopteryx leptura)

This is a Lesser Sac-winged Bat (Saccopteryx leptura), very commonly found in the...

Piping Plovers

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Fox Friday

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Tawny-capped Euphonia (Euphonia anneae)

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Nurtured by Nature Tonight

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Maple Leaves Emerging

These maple tree leaves are about to pop…here we go, spring is on the way, and for...

Bird Book Wars: The Emperor Strikes Back

Our friend Patrick Comins, Audubon Connecticut Director of Bird Conservation, walked...

Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher (Terenotriccus erythrurus)

Here’s the Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher (Terenotriccus erythrurus), a very small...

Blue Jay Migratory Flock

Can you identify this flock in the sky? It is an April sighting that you may not expect...

Forsythia in April

It may not be native, but this Forsythia certainly has a handsome shade of yellow,...

Caspian Tern Courtship

Here is a terrific capture of Caspian Terns engaged in courtship feeding, as taken at...

Water Merlin

Those falcons sure do love their water! They know that birds are in the open, exposed,...

Tale of Two April Climates

The first half of April 2015 was a Tale of Two Climates: when compared to long-term...