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Posts by Melanie Smith

First Field Guide Experiences

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

Do you remember your first experience with a field guide? Steven Brodsky, author of the column “Entertainment, Culture and More” on delcoculturevultures.com, asked this question of several leading biologists (including RTPI’s president, Twan Leenders), and shared their responses in his latest article. Read Steve’s column here:  http://delcoculturevultures.com/entertainment-culture-and-more/. And if you find yourself inspired to pick up a new field guide yourself, stop in to RTPI’s Nature Store to browse our extensive selection! Our motto: Learn It, Love It, Protect...

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Swedish Consulate General Visits RTPI

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017

Swedish Consulate General Visits RTPI

Swedish Consulate General Leif Pagrotsky visited Jamestown, a city rich with Swedish American history, on May 22nd. The Consulate General of Sweden in New York focuses on the promotion of Sweden. This includes coordination and support of events to showcase Swedish culture and promote Swedish interests in the New York area as well as facilitating exchange between organizations, companies and institutions in Sweden and the U.S.  Jane Johnson and Linda Pierce were thrilled to have the opportunity to give the Consul General a tour of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and to provide him with a...

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This is a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheuticus ludovicianus) photographed by RTPI President Twan Leenders in his backyard in Jamestown, NY. These are medium-sized songbirds with heavy, seed-crushing bills. In his ‘Field Guide to Birds of North America’, Roger Tory Peterson described their song as resembling that of the American Robin, but delivered with more feeling! Have you seen any at your backyard feeders this...

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Safeguarding RTPI’s Unique and Irreplaceable Collections

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

Safeguarding RTPI’s Unique and Irreplaceable Collections

Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) is a statewide program of the New York State Archives and New York State Library which provides free planning and education services to archives, libraries, museums, and other institutions that safeguard and ensure access to New York’s historical records and unique research materials. Preparation for an emergency or disaster is one of the most important steps a cultural institution can take to safeguard collections. RTPI is the only official institutional steward of the life works of Roger Tory Peterson. We maintain,...

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What’s In Our Water?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017

What’s In Our Water?

Have you seen this woman in the news lately? This is Dr. Sherri (Sam) Mason, the SUNY Fredonia Professor whose groundbreaking research on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes has earned her much recognition and press. RTPI staff have teamed up with Dr. Mason for guidance on evaluating the levels of plastic pollution in another freshwater system – the Chadakoin River in Jamestown. During our summer 2017 “education through conservation” initiative, the Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program (PWA), local students will work with RTPI staff to sample and assess the levels of plastic...

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