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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This is a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheuticus ludovicianus) photographed by RTPI President Twan Leenders in his backyard in Jamestown, NY. These are medium-sized songbirds with heavy, seed-crushing bills. In his ‘Field Guide to Birds of North America’, Roger Tory Peterson described their song as resembling that of the American Robin, but delivered with more feeling! Have you seen any at your backyard feeders this...

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Take Cover!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

Take Cover!

For this Salamander Saturday, we thought we’d share a little video of one of our new residents, Tweeg, making his way under his hiding rock. Hellbender’s bodies are very flat and streamlined, which allows them to slide easily underneath large rocks sitting on a stream-bed. While under their rock of choice, hellbenders will wait patiently for prey to come near and will snatch them up for a quick meal. Currently, Oneka and Tweeg have some fish they share space with and occasionally snack on whilst under their...

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Blue-headed Vireo

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017

Blue-headed Vireo

A quick hello from this Blue-headed Vireo! What spring migrants are you seeing...

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Installation – The Weilers’ Evolution: A Father and Son’s Artistic Journey

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

Installation – The Weilers’ Evolution: A Father and Son’s Artistic Journey

RTPI’s Director of Exhibits & Special Collections, Jane Johnson, is busily installing our upcoming exhibit:”The Weilers’ Evolution: A Father and Son’s Artistic Journey”. A little ways to go before the show opens on Friday still, but it will be ready and it will be...

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Spring Salamander

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017

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 with, and it probably wouldn’t taste anything...

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Winter’s Not Over Yet

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017

Winter’s Not Over Yet

The fresh blanket of snow across the Western New York landscape is a good reminder that winter isn’t over just yet. However, some of our resident amphibians have been receiving crossed signals due to recent increases in daylight hours and above average temperatures; we have actually gotten reports of salamanders and frogs moving to nearby ponds and vernal pools to lay their eggs. With this weekend’s dropping temperatures, local pools have started to ice over indicating freezing temperatures near the surface. The eggs of some amphibian species are able to cope with fluctuating spring...

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