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Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

In honor of Wild America Wednesday, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate another successful year of RTPI’s Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassadors Program! Beginning in 2015, PWA began with a small group of ambitious students ready to roll up their sleeves and get dirty as they got acquainted with the Chadakoin River and the surrounding urban ecosystem within the City of Jamestown. Fast-forward to 2017, our crew has grown as have as our projects. We hope you enjoy this selection of photos from the summer season as well as the report for this year’s program.  ...

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Forest Pest Task Force

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017

Forest Pest Task Force

Please join us at RTPI on Wednesday, September 13th from 1:00-3:00PM for the fall Chautauqua County Forest Pest Task Force meeting! The task force will discuss ongoing forest pest issues such as the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Oak Wilt and other new diseases or pests impacting our local, regional and state forests. The public is welcome to attend and contribute to the discussions!

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Welcoming Morgan and Becky to PWA

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

Welcoming Morgan and Becky to PWA

Please join us in welcoming this year’s Project Wild America Youth Ambassador Crew Leaders, Becky Rew and Morgan Motherwell! Becky joins us from Jamestown Community College, where she studied Environmental Science as well. Becky will be transferring to SUNY ESF this fall to pursue Conservation Biology. Morgan participated in PWA last year as a crew member, and has completed her first year at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she is studying Environmental Science.  Both of these bright and dedicated young ladies will be leading our crew through a busy summer season, exploring...

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Take Cover!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

Take Cover!

For this Salamander Saturday, we thought we’d share a little video of one of our new residents, Tweeg, making his way under his hiding rock. Hellbender’s bodies are very flat and streamlined, which allows them to slide easily underneath large rocks sitting on a stream-bed. While under their rock of choice, hellbenders will wait patiently for prey to come near and will snatch them up for a quick meal. Currently, Oneka and Tweeg have some fish they share space with and occasionally snack on whilst under their...

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New Arrivals

Posted by on May 3, 2017

New Arrivals

On this Wild America Wednesday, we want to take a moment to announce RTPI’s new arrivals! Please join us as we welcome Oneka and Tweeg,  two seven year old hellbenders that will be moving from the Buffalo Zoo to our facility in Jamestown tomorrow! Originally a part of the NYS hellbender headstart program, these salamanders were kept to be used for educational purposes. Oneka and Tweeg will serve as ambassadors for their species, helping us to raise awareness of their conservation status, the need to learn more about them, and what can be done to help the wild American population! Our...

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