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Birds; Eloquent Expressions of Life

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017

Birds; Eloquent Expressions of Life

Roger Tory Peterson once said; “Birds are eloquent expressions of life and vitality, and watching them makes you a bit more alive….” Judging by his remarkable artistic renditions of a multitude of avian species, artist Neil Rizos would wholeheartedly agree with this statement. The Canada Goose shown here – created with mixed media – is one of many beautiful pieces in RTPI’s current exhibition, “Neil Rizos; the Art of Exploration”. Don’t miss your chance to view this outstanding show while it’s here this fall. For more about the artist and his work, visit...

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Baby Snapping Turtle

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Baby Snapping Turtle

It’s ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ Monday! Here we have a baby Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) – photographed by RTPI president Twan Leenders in Jamestown, NY. Most folks are at least somewhat familiar with these short-tempered freshwater turtles, but have you ever seen one so...

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Solar Chautauqua

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017

Solar Chautauqua

Are you interested in doing good for the environment while saving money on your energy bill? RTPI is working with the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development and other community partners to get the word out about the Solar Chautauqua Initiative! Visit www.solarchautauqua.org for...

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Baltimore Oriole

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017

Baltimore Oriole

They may be gone from our yards for the winter but I thought that as we near Halloween it was very appropriate to post this male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula). I enjoyed watching it feeding in an oak tree this past spring on a cool, cloudy and windy day. Do you ever have any luck getting them to come down to eye level at your feeders? I certainly do not, and this bird hopping down to the lower branches of the tree for a minute was a real treat. I hear them every day all summer long but rarely get the chance to see a glow like this one up close. RTPI’s work around the world helps...

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The Art of Exploration

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

The Art of Exploration

RTPI’s current exhibition, Neil Rizos: the Art of Exploration, showcases Rizos’ artistic talent and reflects his keen perception of the living world through a myriad of media including bronze sculptures, paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, lithographs and woodcuts. “Pintails”, shown here, is just one of over 70 different pieces depicting various species of birds. Be sure to visit RTPI this fall to view this outstanding...

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Citizen Scientist Training November 1st

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Citizen Scientist Training November 1st

Although autumn is just beginning here in Western New York, the winter season will soon be upon us. The colder months, November through March to be exact, is the perfect time of year to search the area’s forests for an invasive forest pest known as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). HWA is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which feeds off of the food storage cells below the needles of an Eastern Hemlock tree and hides itself under white woolly masses for protection. Within only a matter of 4-10 years an individual tree can succumb to an HWA infestation if left unnoticed. This deadly...

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