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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.

Sunset on Stratford Point

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Sunset on Stratford Point

Sunset on Stratford Point

Everyone seemed to enjoy these sunset photos from last week at Stratford Point so I thought I would share them with all of you here, too. It has been so satisfying to see our gorgeous gardens being so busy after a year of hard work by staff and volunteers watering, weeding, planting additions, and maintaining everything we have to offer our pollinators and birds. We are all eager to see what sparrows arrive to feed on the many seeds in our plots during the most sparrow-y month of the year. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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2017 AAfCW Preliminary Results

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 2017 AAfCW Preliminary Results

2017 AAfCW Preliminary Results

Here is more great RTPI news from the shores of Connecticut via the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, a partnership between Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. Preliminary estimates of nesting success for our Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers indicate we had another historic year. At the moment we believe 66 pairs of Piping Plovers fledged 100 chicks, with the pair total being the most all-time for Connecticut and the chicks the fourth highest total ever....

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RTPI Protecting Pollinators

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Protecting Pollinators

RTPI Protecting Pollinators

How many Monarchs have you seen this year? Anecdotal reports that I have heard- along with my own personal experiences – seem to indicate this was an improved season for one of our favorite butterflies. RTPI’s partnership and collaborative work at Audubon Connecticut at Stratford Point with Audubon Connecticut plus Sacred Heart University and the Connecticut Butterfly Association continues to aid our pollinators with expanded gardens and grasslands fueling or hosting dozens and dozens of species each day. I will show you more of...

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Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

In honor of Wild America Wednesday, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate another successful year of RTPI’s Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassadors Program! Beginning in 2015, PWA began with a small group of ambitious students ready to roll up their sleeves and get dirty as they got acquainted with the Chadakoin River and the surrounding urban ecosystem within the City of Jamestown. Fast-forward to 2017, our crew has grown as have as our projects. We hope you enjoy this selection of photos from the summer season as well...

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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

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Scott Shalaway – Nature Writer and Bird Biologist – to Visit RTPI

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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