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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.

Wild America Nature Festival July 29th & 30th

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Wild America Nature Festival July 29th & 30th

Wild America Nature Festival July 29th & 30th

​The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park will co-host the first annual Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks on July 29th & 30th. The festival will feature nationally-renowned speakers; a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition; a local food cook-off competition and farmer’s market; live music; live animals, and classes, workshops, and fun activities for all ages!  Art lovers will not want to miss the festival’s Wild America Fine Nature Art and Craft Show...

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American Redstart Changing into Fall Plumage

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on American Redstart Changing into Fall Plumage

American Redstart Changing into Fall Plumage

Many of our migratory birds are on their second or third brood for the season already and slowly are starting to prepare for their journey south. Most flashy warblers molt out of their brightly colored breeding plumage in the next few weeks and will start migration once all flight feathers are grown in to the point that they can safely sustain their long journey. Although we have not quite reached Roger Tory Peterson’s notorious “Confusing Fall Warblers” level of alternate plumage yet, the first signs are here. Even though this male American...

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Peterson’s Quest is Fulfilled – by Dale W. Mitchell

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Peterson’s Quest is Fulfilled – by Dale W. Mitchell

The publication of a new bird field guide is always a cause for celebration among birders. Even if the region it covers is rather distant, there are still many of us who would applaud its debut, want a peek at its glossy plates and gear up to gossip about its expertise and design. Well, there have been several interesting guides trotting onstage recently, but one is special in a way unprecedented and, dare I say it, even historic. For late last year out came Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea, by Eaton, van...

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WILD AMERICAN SKIES

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on WILD AMERICAN SKIES

WILD AMERICAN SKIES

It was a young Roger Tory Peterson’s close encounter with a Northern Flicker right here in Jamestown which ignited his love for birds. The wild birds of North America were at the heart of his passion for nature and were the impetus for the actions he took to preserve our living world. Venerated for embodying freedom, grace, and beauty in flight, birds inspire a deeper connection with nature and evoke a fascination with exceeding the limits of our earthbound human existence. This summer there are many opportunities to meet and be inspired by...

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RTPI Presents Prestigious Birds in Art Exhibit

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Presents Prestigious Birds in Art Exhibit

RTPI Presents Prestigious Birds in Art Exhibit

RTPI will present “Birds in Art” beginning Saturday, July 15th.  Varied, mesmerizing perspectives and artistic insights into avian life are featured in the 41st annual “Birds in Art” exhibition.  Artwork marvels incorporating vivid colors, remarkable compositions, and striking poses – from whimsical to regal – by some of the world’s most talented artists comprise this year’s “Birds in Art” show.  RTPI will feature this exhibition through August 27, 2017. Artists strive to be chosen for the internationally renowned “Birds in Art”, organized...

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The Great Spangled Fritillary!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Great Spangled Fritillary!

The Great Spangled Fritillary!

The Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) and other native butterflies provide added splashes of color on summer days as they flit about our flower gardens, parks and roadsides. Butterflies don’t need much to thrive in our immediate vicinity. As long as you take extra care to plant native flowering plants that provide healthy foods for these animals (rather than non-native ornamental plants that don’t offer such benefits to our insects) and don’t spray pesticides, butterflies will be there to brighten your day (and pollinate your other...

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Prendergast Library Announce Summer Collaborative Programming

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Prendergast Library Announce Summer Collaborative Programming

Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Prendergast Library Announce Summer Collaborative Programming

The Prendergast Library and RTPI are pleased to announce their collaborative summer initiatives, focused on the library’s Summer Reading Program and RTPI’s Project Wild America Program. Using the library system’s 2017 theme “Build a Better World”, both organizations will jointly host nature-themed events for library patrons of all ages, as well as offer opportunities to learn about and engage with some of the unusual wildlife that inhabits Jamestown’s backyards and open spaces. From June 27 through August 15, RTPI...

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Bullfrog Metamorph

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Bullfrog Metamorph

Bullfrog Metamorph

It’s the time of year that local green frogs and bull frogs are leaving their watery confines to try a life on land. These large frogs breed only in permanent bodies of water, because they spend several years as a tadpole before metamorphosis. Unlike our vernal pool species, which breed earlier and are leaving their temporary pools before they dry, these species rely on permanent water that allows their tadpoles to overwinter – sometimes several times, depending on latitude. Want to learn more about the frogs in your neighborhood? There are...

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Remarkable Recapture

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Remarkable Recapture

Remarkable Recapture

Golden-winged Warblers are among the most imperiled birds in North America. Their numbers have plummeted nearly 70% in the past 50 years, and this species continues to decline at a staggering 2.5% each year. Outside of their core breeding range in the upper Great Lakes Region (mostly Minnesota and Wisconsin) they have just about disappeared altogether, and several northeastern states now no longer have viable populations of Golden-winged Warblers around. What causes these declines? Well, a number of factors play a role here. Golden-winged...

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American Oystercatcher

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

I have been posting a lot about Piping Plovers in our work for the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, so I thought I should give our American Oystercatcher friends some love, too. After all, who doesn’t like their look? Even the average beachgoer takes note of this beautiful bird and its bold bill. Unfortunately a lot of storms and high tides have washed a number of Oystercatcher nests away from our beaches in Connecticut this spring. However, those that lost their eggs have been re-nesting. Our early totals are extremely...

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