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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.

Bronze Owl Sculpture Raffle

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Bronze Owl Sculpture Raffle

Bronze Owl Sculpture Raffle

RTPI is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this bronze snowy owl sculpture. 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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The Buzz

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Buzz

The Buzz

The pollinators are certainly enjoying the blooming flower gardens at RTPI! Pay us a visit soon to see what the buzz is all about! You can enjoy a walk on our nature trails, admire the Birds in Art exhibition, and naturally experience original work by Roger Tory Peterson while you’re here!

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Volunteers Beautify RTPI

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Volunteers Beautify RTPI

Volunteers Beautify RTPI

In late July, a large group of volunteers from the Cummins Inc., Jamestown Engine Plant came to RTPI to make improvements to our building and grounds. This enthusiastic and hardworking group tended our flowerbeds, cleaned up our porch and patio, trimmed back the vegetation along our hiking trails, and weeded our walkways and parking areas. We’d like to express our gratitude for the efforts of this dedicated crew – they certainly left the place looking lovely just in time for our big summer events!

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Win this bronze snowy owl sculpture and help conserve the birds in your own backyard!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Win this bronze snowy owl sculpture and help conserve the birds in your own backyard!

Win this bronze snowy owl sculpture and help conserve the birds in your own backyard!

“Elevated Perspective” is a 9-inch bronze rendering of a snowy owl by artist Dale Weiler. RTPI is currently selling raffle tickets for a drawing to be held the first week of September. This sculpture, one of a limited edition of 50, is valued at $1500, and may also be purchased at this price. All proceeds from the sales of “Elevated Perspective” 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...

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Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program 2017

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program 2017

Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program 2017

Roger Tory Peterson – inspired by Jamestown’s wild side during his youth – went on to become a world renowned naturalist. For the third consecutive summer, RTPI employed a cohort of local high school and college students as “Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassadors” to follow in Peterson’s footsteps by working alongside our conservation staff monitoring and raising public awareness about Jamestown’s unique and vital natural resources. Check out the highlights from this year’s PWA program on their website and Facebook page, and...

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Laurel Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Laurel Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Laurel Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

This Laurel Sphinx Moth (sphinx kalmiae) caterpillar – photographed by Twan Leenders in Jamestown, NY – definitely deserves to be in the limelight – it actually appears to emanate lime light! Roger Tory Peterson’s fascination with backyard nature began with the moths and birds that he discovered in what is now our own backyard! What amazing creatures await your...

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RTPI President on BirdCallsRadio Podcast

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI President on BirdCallsRadio Podcast

RTPI President on BirdCallsRadio Podcast

Guided by Roger Tory Peterson’s example, RTPI President Twan Leenders actively studies natural history and strives to make nature accessible to everyone. A few weeks ago, Twan was interviewed for the BirdCallsRadio podcast. Listen to the show here:...

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WildLife Guards Alumni Leading

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on WildLife Guards Alumni Leading

WildLife Guards Alumni Leading

RTPI teamed up with Audubon Connecticut and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut to run the 2015 and 2016 WildLife Guards program. We have expanded the very successful initiative to include the City of West Haven at the Sandy Point Important Bird Area in 2017. Both teams of WildLife Guards have been hard at work monitoring nesting birds and conducting stewardship concerning our beaches and ecosystems. Our crews do everything from removing invasive plants to learning about our local dragonfly populations, staying engaged in education,...

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Bejeweled Journeyer

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Bejeweled Journeyer

Bejeweled Journeyer

If you look closely, you will notice a metal band on the leg of this young Ruby-throated Hummingbird. It serves to identify unique individuals of these tiny birds and allows biologists to track their migration path. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds breed in the eastern USA during the summer, but they spend the winter in lower Central America. This bird was banded on an RTPI project in western Costa Rica and returned to the same site a year later, after it had made another successful trip to North America – a journey of at least 4,000 miles....

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Beautiful Wood Nymph

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Beautiful Wood Nymph

Beautiful Wood Nymph

Roger Tory Peterson was fascinated by the moths he found in Jamestown as a young boy. In fact, he even approached the police department to ask for special permission to stay out past the city curfew to catch them! This bizarre and lovely moth was perched on the front door at RTPI yesterday morning. Using a Peterson Field Guide to Moths, it was identified as a Beautiful Wood Nymph (Eudryas grata). When was the last time you embarked on an exploration of the hidden lives of the moths that live in your own backyard? Summertime is the perfect...

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