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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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Streaked Orange Moth (Nascia acutella)

This appears to be a Streaked Orange moth (Nascia acutella), a species that the Peterson...

Purple Martin Wire

There are precious few moments for Purple Martins (Progne subis) to rest at this time of...

Red Admiral

This Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) was doing its best job to hide on this fencing,...

Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors

Tomorrow we officially begin our summer stewards program: Project Wild America Youth...

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) and Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

The Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) and Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria...

Bristly Cutworm (Lacinipolia renigera)

The Bristly Cutworm (Lacinipolia renigera) moth is apparently also called...

Familiar Bluets

Here we have a pair of Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) damselflies in a...

Lesser Maple Spanworm

I had literally one shot of this moth, and here it is! I suppose the camera and the...

Pollinator Meadows

This morning RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser and I attended the annual meeting of the...

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)

One of Sean’s absolute favorite tanagers, he says he will never forget the first...

Blue Dasher Stare

You feel like having a staring contest? This Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) is...

Busy Black Swallowtail

After seeing many Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) butterflies and little else on...

Spot-winged Glider

Today was the best day that I have experienced so far this year for migratory insects!...

Long-tailed Manakin Aging

Sean was at the end of his trip in Costa Rica and wanted to do a series of the...