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Our blog features constant updates on a variety of subjects relating to education, conservation, exhibits, special events, and much more. You can expect to read about art, birds and birding, weather, dragonflies and damselflies, reptiles and amphibians, literature and media, fascinating stories, plants and trees, butterflies and moths, climate change, agriculture, and of course, Roger Tory Peterson.

Artist Reception with Neil Rizos 9/22

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Artist Reception with Neil Rizos 9/22

Artist Reception with Neil Rizos 9/22

Join us at RTPI this evening from 5-8pm to celebrate Neil Rizos and his outstanding exhibition now which is now on view. At 6:30, Rizos will deliver a presentation about his art, bird research and travels. This event is free and open to the public. More about the artist and the exhibit at...

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Scott Shalaway – Nature Writer and Bird Biologist – to Visit RTPI

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Scott Shalaway – Nature Writer and Bird Biologist – to Visit RTPI

Scott Shalaway, Ph.D. is a certified wildlife biologist, ornithologist, birder, and nature writer.  He holds degrees in entomology (University of Delaware), biology (Northern Arizona University), and wildlife ecology (Michigan State). Shalaway has written a weekly nature column for newspapers (including Jamestown’s Post-Journal where it appears every Saturday) since 1986, and has hosted a weekly nature-themed radio show entitled Birds and Nature since 1992. On Wednesday, September 27th, Shalaway will be in the Jamestown area to deliver a...

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Roger Tory Peterson Takes Center Stage at RTPI

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Roger Tory Peterson Takes Center Stage at RTPI

Roger Tory Peterson Takes Center Stage at RTPI

Roger Tory Peterson and his enduring legacy are now front and center at RTPI!  This remarkable sculpture of Peterson was created by the talented artist, Margret Joy Flinsch Buba (1904-1998). Visit us soon to view the diverse selection of items that are now on display from our special collections including many pieces of Peterson’s original...

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Field Sparrow

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Chautauqua County certainly has an abundance of old farm fields, but we should be hearing more Field Sparrows (Spizella pusilla), and other grassland birds, singing in the fields and other open areas across our region. The prairie habitat that once covered our landscape is long gone, but old, overgrown fields and hay fields provide a decent substitute for grassland birds. Even though their substitute habitat provides most of what these animals need, management practices can be challenges for them. Timing the mowing of these fields is...

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Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) is pleased to present Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration, on display from September 15 – December 10, 2017. Be sure to check out our upcoming events next week centered on this exhibit which include opportunities to interact with the...

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Forest Pest Task Force

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Forest Pest Task Force

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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Monarch chrysalis

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Monarch chrysalis

Monarch chrysalis

To whom does this stunning, sea-green chrysalis belong? Why, to the lovely “Danaus plexippus” of course! Before the monarch caterpillar inside initiated it’s metamorphic transformation, it would have fattened up on milkweed leaves in preparation for the process. Once it emerges, the adult butterfly has a long journey to Mexico ahead. Quite a remarkable life cycle; It’s no wonder that a young Roger Tory Peterson was fascinated with our local Lepidopterans!

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Win this bronze snowy owl sculpture by Dale Weiler!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Blog, Media | Comments Off on Win this bronze snowy owl sculpture by Dale Weiler!

Win this bronze snowy owl sculpture by Dale Weiler!

Drawing This Friday – September 8th! RTPI is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this limited-edition bronze snowy owl sculpture created by artist Dale Weiler. All proceeds from this fundraiser will support RTPI’s Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program which engages young people in RTPI’s conservation initiatives in Jamestown’s urban ecosystem – the very place that inspired a young Roger Tory Peterson. To purchase a ticket, stop in to RTPI or contact Amy Hudson at 716-665-2473 ext. 227 or...

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Eastern Milk Snake

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Eastern Milk Snake

Eastern Milk Snake

Here we have an Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum). These snakes are harmless, beneficial constrictors that help control rodent populations in your backyard. In spite of their considerable size (reaching almost 3 ft) and beautiful coloration, they are rarely seen. When cornered, a milk snake may hiss, vibrate its tail tip (imitating a rattlesnake), and even strike at you. However, its bite is harmless. Give them some space and any snake will slither away – likely never to be seen again. The common name ‘Milk Snake’ comes from an...

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Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) is pleased to present Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration, on display from September 15 –December 10, 2017. The opening reception for “Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration” will be Friday, September 22 at 5:00pm. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. The exhibit features over fifty works of art depicting birds, reflecting Neil Rizos’ life-long exploration of art and nature. Rizos works in a variety of media, including bronze sculptures, paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, lithographs...

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