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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.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25th 2017

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Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25th 2017

Stop in to RTPI to do some of your Holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday(Nov 25th)! We have a unique selection of gift ideas including many new items in our Museum Store, and everything will be 20% off during this special event! You can also take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy our current exhibitions featuring works by Neil Rizos and of course Roger Tory Peterson! RTPI will be open from 10am-4pm for Small Business Saturday! Details and updates can be found on the event...

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Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration

Our current exhibition, Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration, Showcases Rizos’ creative talent and his love for birds. The artwork included in this exhibit, on view through January 7th, is available for purchase. Preview the pieces and view prices here: http://www.rizosart.com/peterson-institute.html. Be sure to come in to see this outstanding show while it’s still here!

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Awesome Amphibian Affair

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Awesome Amphibian Affair

Awesome Amphibian Affair

This is Tweeg – one of our RTPI’s resident Eastern Hellbenders showing off his wrinkly awesomeness! Don’t miss your chance to meet him during our Hellbender House Party tomorrow (11/18) from 10am-1pm. This fundraiser event will have something fun for everyone! Details can be found on the Facebook event page or here:...

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Harlequin Duck at Stratford Point

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Harlequin Duck at Stratford Point

Today we were fortunate enough to host a drake Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) at Stratford Point as found by our friend Tom Murray. I took the below photo in the later afternoon during a brief moment when the sun came out from behind the clouds. These additional shots were taken earlier in the morning under those aforementioned clouds while the duck was feeding, swimming, preening, and loving those rocks as the species always does. Harlequin Ducks are a relatively rare visitor for us in Connecticut. If it is anything like the last...

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Herpetologist meets Salamander and Snake

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Herpetologist meets Salamander and Snake

RTPI’s resident herpetologist befriends Millie the Massasauga Rattlesnake and Sam the Eastern Hellbender. Stop in to meet these crafty critters during our ‘Hellbender House Party’ fundraising event on Saturday! Details can be found here:...

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RTPI Fundraising Raffle

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Fundraising Raffle

RTPI Fundraising Raffle

We’re getting excited as our ‘Hellbender House Party’ fundraising event draws near! We have lots of mini raffle items that will be up for grabs, including the RTPI swag pictured here! 😉 Stop in anytime this week to purchase tickets for your chance to win some of these great items! Winners will be drawn at 1pm on Saturday. Details about the event can be found here:...

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Purple Sandpiper

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

We had a couple of special visitors stop by Stratford Point last week. The first was Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History President Twan Leenders who happened to spot the second, a Purple Sandpiper sitting on the rocks taking in the waves. We always feel like we should see more of the species at the site, but they tend to be found more often on the rocks offshore on the breakwater or jetties at nearby beaches. After taking a couple of direct hits from waves it flew off to the breakwater. We appreciated them both stopping by! Scott...

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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Saw-whet Owl Banding

Saw-whet Owl Banding

Last night RTPI’s Elyse Henshaw joined US Forest Service researchers in their attempts to capture and band migrating Northern Saw-whet owls. Throughout the evening the researchers captured four birds in their mist nets, and subsequently collected data on each individual including physical measurements, age, sex and overall health. Each owl was then outfitted with a uniquely numbered leg band and then released back into the night. If and when these birds are captured again, the data collected contribute to better a better understanding of the...

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Corvids in Autumn

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Corvids in Autumn

This painting by Roger Tory Peterson depicts several corvid species. While you’re not likely to see Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) in the Northeastern United States, Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata), American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and Common Ravens (Corvus corax) can all be found here. Peterson created this image for the 1951 book “Birds of Newfoundland”, by Harold S. Peters and Thomas D. Burleigh of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Peters and Burleigh were commissioned by the Newfoundland government to write the book to be...

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Swedish Salamanders?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Swedish Salamanders?

Swedish Salamanders?

Ecklof’s Bakery and Deli is one of the last strictly “by scratch” bakeries in Western New York. While the bakery is now in the hands of a third generation of Ecklofs, many of the “Old World” recipes passed down by the founding grandfather when he came to the U.S. from Sweden in 1920 are still being used today! Ecklof’s will be creating salamander-shaped cookies for our Hellbender House Party on Saturday, November 18th. These special cookies will be sold for $2 each the day of the event, and all proceeds will benefit RTPI’s resident...

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