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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.

Last Chance to see ‘Focus on Nature XIV’ at RTPI

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Last Chance to see ‘Focus on Nature XIV’ at RTPI

Last Chance to see ‘Focus on Nature XIV’ at RTPI

This painting, Green River Terrestrial Mural by Sean Murtha, is one of the award winning pieces in the Focus on Nature XIV exhibition. Focus on Nature (FON) is a biennial exhibition showcasing pieces that highlight scientific, natural and cultural history. It began in 1990 with the intent to demonstrate the connection between science and images, and to stimulate an interest in natural history art among practicing artists, aspiring artists and the public. RTPI has enjoyed the privilege of hosting Focus on Nature XIV over the past several...

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Ghost Glass Frogs!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ghost Glass Frogs!

Ghost Glass Frogs!

Researchers from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) have been monitoring these Ghost Glass Frogs and other amphibian species for more than two decades – not only to keep these frogs from extinction, but also to learn how the recovering populations were able to survive such catastrophic declines. Hopefully this information will help us as we try to find ways to help other endangered species as well. Stay tuned for more footage from our adventures in the...

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Swedes of Jamestown

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Swedes of Jamestown

Swedes of Jamestown

This photo from the RTPI archives depicts Roger Tory Peterson and Sir Lorimer Moe (knighted by the Swedish government on behalf of King Carl Gustaf XVI) at Bass Rock in Scotland. Lorimer Moe was a son of Jamestown, New York, who went on to become an outstanding newspaperman and diplomat. In the early days when RTPI was just an idea, Lorimer, Roger’s high school classmate, took the lead in enlisting broad support for the idea of an Institute in Roger’s birthplace, to honor his work and house his collections. In fact, the Institute’s...

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Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Are you a talented artist or do you have a friend who is?   The deadline to apply to become an artist exhibitor in the 2017 Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition at the first annual Wild America Nature Festival is March 31st.   In order to give potential applicants a representation of the art and artists that will be at the show, we have pre-selected six early applicants. You can learn more about them and their art, as well as find the show prospectus and contract needed to apply, at:...

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RTPI Brings the Spirit of Outdoor Adventure to Jamestown

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on RTPI Brings the Spirit of Outdoor Adventure to Jamestown

RTPI Brings the Spirit of Outdoor Adventure to Jamestown

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. The 2016/2017 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. At each screening around the...

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Golden-winged Warbler

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of our recent work in Costa Rica was the recapture of this Golden-winged Warbler, which was banded last year in the same area it was caught this year, near Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge. Since we last saw it in March of 2016, it undoubtedly traveled back to its breeding grounds somewhere in North America and hopefully managed to find a mate of its own species. Golden-winged Warblers are suffering from dramatic declines throughout their range, and are increasingly hybridizing with closely-related Blue-winged...

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Spring Salamander

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Blog, Media | Comments Off on Spring Salamander

Spring Salamander

Hey look – a hot-dog with eyes! Wait, that’s a Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus)! This large, lung-less salamander is a common resident in the many springs and streams that run through our local forests. It’s stature and bright coloration make it stand out, but also serve as protection from predators. Spring salamanders can grow to over eight inches in length and produce noxious skin secretions while using their color to mimic even more toxic species. It isn’t a salamander any predator would want to mess...

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Western New York Bluebird Workshop at RTPI

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Western New York Bluebird Workshop at RTPI

Western New York Bluebird Workshop at RTPI

The New York State Bluebird Society will sponsor a Bluebird Workshop at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown on Saturday, April 1st at 1pm. This free, public workshop will feature two presentations by John Ruska – past president and lifetime director of the Bluebird Society. Ruska’s first presentation- entitled “All About Bluebirds – and More” – will detail the life history of the Eastern Bluebird; will include a display and discussion of the various types of Bluebird nestboxes and how they are best managed; and will...

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Gray Four-eyed Opossum

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gray Four-eyed Opossum

Gray Four-eyed Opossum

This is a young Gray Four-eyed Opossum (Philander opossum) caught in one of our mammal traps, as we were surveying for an unusual jungle rodent called Watson’s Climbing Rat (Tylomys watsoni) in Rara Avis Nature Reserve, Costa Rica. Believe it or not, the rat would have been bigger than this opossum (and particularly fond of chocolate and soap). Like it’s cousin, the Virginia Opossum, these guys show a remarkable resistance to venoms and poisons, including snake venom, and are relatively immune to dangerous snake bites. In North America,...

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Spring Peepers

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Spring Peepers

Spring Peepers

Spring Peepers are a type of small tree frog. Truthful to their name, they emerge from hibernation in early spring. Soon after, the males – often hundreds at a time – will take over wetlands and call on warm and rainy nights to stake out a territory and attract a mate. Their surprisingly loud “peep” calls are usually produced from a safe location hidden in dense vegetation, and it can be difficult to spot them. An inflatable vocal sac on their throat serves as an amplifier, which allows them to call very loudly. The sound produced by a chorus...

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