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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.

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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Snowy Owl by Twan Leenders

Yesterday Twan found this Snowy Owl at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. It...

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser decided that since Google was using a...

American Hoverfly (Eupeodes americanus) by Sean Graesser

This American hoverfly (Eupeodes americanus) by Sean is of particular interest right now...

Costa Rican Orange Mouth Tarantula (Psalmopoeus reduncus) by Sean Graesser

The Costa Rican Orange Mouth Tarantula (Psalmopoeus reduncus) is an arboreal species and...

Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) by Elyse Henshaw

Our GoPro camera isn’t exactly designed for close ups but GAH, that monster is an...

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) by Scott Kruitbosch

Hello again, winter! This brutal snap back to frozen precipitation and frigid air is...

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) by Scott Kruitbosch

The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is the most vibrant and unmistakable...

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) by Sean Graesser

I went for a walk in the Sourlands today which is a large track of contiguous forest...

Eastern-tailed Blue (Cupido comyntas) by Scott Kruitbosch

While dragonflies pop up in Western New York butterflies of various species are all over...

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) by Twan Leenders

I was fully counting on seeing several new birds I had not come across yet in Western...

Brant (Branta bernicla) by Scott Kruitbosch

Can you ID this migrant group along the Connecticut coast? These Brant (Branta...

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) by Scott Kruitbosch

It’s time for some heavy lifting and hauling as Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are...

Beach training

Beach training for Piping Plover and Least Tern monitoring with CT DEEP, Audubon...

Birds on radar

The birds were on the move last night on a good southerly flow in front of the cold...