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We are very excited to announce the release of a new bronze sculpture created by Dale Weiler to support wildlife conservation programs underway at The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) in Jamestown, NY. Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996) was one of the nation’s pre-eminent bird-artists and among our most influential naturalists. He is perhaps best known for the Peterson Field Guide Series on birds and other flora and fauna. RTPI carries on his legacy by connecting people to nature through art, education and conservation.

“Elevated Perspective”  by Dale Weiler

The bronze, “Elevated Perspective”, is a 9-inch rendering of a snowy owl, one of Peterson’s favorite species to paint and the icon for RTPI. It is also the first bronze Dale has created in the last ten years. Dale and his wife, Loti, are donating 100% of the profits to RTPI’s ‘Project Wild America’ initiative – a program which promotes experiencing nature in your own backyard.

The Project Wild America program encourages young people to get involved in conservation work with threatened wildlife, especially in urban environments. The program reinforces the notion that nature is all around us in plain sight. We just have to know where and how to look; skills well-honed by artists and naturalists alike.

The original for the bronze (pictured above) was sculpted from snowy alabaster, and captures not only the subtle feathering but the sensual beauty of this majestic bird. Dale spent over a month creating the stone original. The bronze casting will be limited to an edition size of 50 and will be even more dramatic than the stone original with the feathering details accentuated by the patina process.

Until March 15, 2017, we are offering a “pre-casting” discount price for this bronze of $1,200. The full retail price will be $1,500 after that date. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and support the wonderful conservation programs of RTPI. For more information, please visit our website at www.weilerwoodsforwildlife.com, RTPI’s website, www.rtpi.org, or email us at loti@weilerwoods.com.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey Dates:

The following survey efforts will be open for the public to join:

  • Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey at Goose Creek Valley Greenway Preserve: Friday February 24 at 12:30pm

We will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s newly established Goose Creek Valley Greenway Preserve located on Hoag Road in the town of Ashville.  We will meet at 12:00pm in the RTPI parking lot for those interested in carpooling, and will meet at the entrance of the site at 12:30pm located approx. 42°05’04.9″N 79°22’35.6″W.

Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM) and Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) to host series of events for National Invasive Species Awareness Week, February 27th –March 4th.

Invasive species – the term given to non-native organisms that become established and create ecological or economic problems in their new territories – are an ever-growing burden of global concern. National Invasive Species Awareness Week provides an opportunity to discuss and address this important issue. In partnership with WNY PRISM, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History will be hosting a series of free guest lectures and public workshops to disseminate current, relevant information concerning the invasive species that have turned up in our region, and what can be done to reduce their negative impacts. In order for each event to go smoothly, RTPI is seeking the help of enthusiastic volunteers to assist in some of their activities. Please see “job” descriptions for volunteer roles needed to be filled and sign up for a time-slot in which you can commit your time to the selected event in this document.

Please join us at the RTPI headquarters in Jamestown, NY for any or all of the following events:

Monday February 27th 2017 at 6pm
“Birds and Invasives”
Guest Lecture by Andrea Locke WNY PRISM Coordinator

The relationship between birds and invasive species can be complex. On the surface, many invasive species may seem like a boon for our native birds, but as we look deeper into their impacts on our ecosystems, we see that all isn’t as it once seemed. Management can also be complex as we try to balance short and long-term impacts, both positive and negative. Join Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator as she sheds some light on these complexities and discusses invasive bird species, invasive species impacts on native bird populations and management strategies.

All berries are not created equal! Invasives may seem beneficial for Cedar Waxwings with increased food supplies in winter, but their nutritional value is severely lacking

Andrea Locke is the Coordinator for WNY PRISM Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management), a partnership organization focused on improving the effectiveness of invasive species management efforts and increasing awareness by providing leadership, information and collaboration opportunities. Andrea has been with WNY PRISM for three years, since its establishment in 2014. Prior to working with the PRISM network, Andrea spent time in Northern Michigan running a Private Lands Stewardship Program and worked on a high diversity prairie and savanna restoration in Indiana.

Wednesday March 1st 2017 at 6pm
“Earthworms: Friends to Gardens or Foes to Northern Forests and their Amphibian Cohorts?”
Lecture by Elyse Henshaw Roger Tory Peterson Institute Conservation Technician

The Great Lakes Region was devoid of earthworm species following the most recent glacial period; and as such the soils in northern forests developed in their absence. However, European settlers introduced exotic species of earthworms which have since spread due to human activities such as composting, dumping, development and horticulture. While earthworms have become the beloved friends of many gardeners, they have become troublesome to many northeastern forests and their amphibian cohorts. Join Elyse Henshaw, RTPI Conservation Technician, as she discusses the ecology of forest-dwelling amphibian species, the impact of non-native earthworms, and what can be done to reduce the spread of these squirmy invaders.

Growing up in Chautauqua County, Elyse spent many of her days exploring the streams and forests cultivating an interest in the natural world. As she followed her interests, she worked to earn an Associate’s Degree in Science from Jamestown Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with an Environmental Emphasis from Houghton College. Thanks to all the time in the streams and forests, Elyse’s primary interests are in amphibians, reptiles, botany, habitat management and research. Since taking her current position with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in 2013, she has been able to study these various species and share her passion with others through RTPI’s many outreach initiatives.

Friday March 3rd at 6PM: “Where have our bats gone? A look at White Nose Syndrome and the impacts to our local bats,” presented by Jonathan Townsend, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

White Nose Syndrome is a disease that impacts bat species that hibernate in caves. It is caused by an invasive species of fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Since the discovery in winter of 2006-2007, nearly 6 million bats have died and entire colonies have been lost. Species that were once among the most numerous mammals in North America have seen up to 99% declines, including several that live here in Western New York. Currently, WNS can be found in 29 states and 5 Canadian Provinces. In this past year bats infected with WNS were discovered in Washington state, further endangering bat populations nationwide. Join Jonathan Townsend at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute to learn more about this problem, as well as what you can do to help bat conservation efforts locally and abroad.

Photo by Jonathan Townsend

Jonathan Townsend is a lifelong bat enthusiast and a graduate from SUNY Fredonia, where he earned a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Biology. Mr. Townsend has worked for a variety of governmental regulatory agencies, private environmental consulting firms, nonprofits and academic institutions. He currently works as the Conservation Lands Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, is an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at Jamestown Community College, and volunteers as the Assistant Director and Biologist for Greystone Nature Preserve where he works to increase understanding of our local bat species through research, education, and habitat preservation.

Saturday March 4th 2017 10AM-3PM

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute will be offering free admission to our headquarters for these special events, and all are encouraged to join us for a day of learning. Between 10am and 3pm visitors are invited to attend any of several Library Lectures to learn about invasive species that are impacting our region and what can be done to help; bring in their children to take part in children’s activities making invasive insect facemasks, playing games, coloring and even seeing Emerald Ash Borer (preserved specimens) up close; or participate in an *iMapInvasives (online invasive species mapping tool) training session.

*Those interested in attending the iMapInvasives training, please sign-up by March 1st.

Library Lectures Schedule-All lectures will be held in RTPI’s Library
10:00AM-11:00AM Craig Vollmer, Chief Forester and Certified Arborist, Forecon Inc. Presenting “EAB Terrorism”
11:00AM-12:00PM Jeff Brockelbank, Senior Forester, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Presenting “Life After Ash”
1:00-2:00PM Ruth Lundin, President Audubon Community Nature Center Presenting “Water Chestnut: A Winnable Battle”
2:00-3:00PM Mark Whitmore- Forest Entomologist, Cornell University Presenting “Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Hemlock Initiative”

iMapInvasives Training Session-this event will be held in RTPI’s multipurpose room from 10am-2:30pm

Have you ever found yourself interested in learning more about invasive species, or how you could contribute your invasive species sightings to science? This training will provide just that! iMapInvasives is a database that is managed by the NY Natural Heritage Program and is used throughout the state to record the presence of invasive species, their spread to new areas and more. Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM, and Elyse Henshaw, RTPI, will lead the training session to all that are interested. We ask that you pre-register by March 1st for the event and bring your own lunch. The registration form can be found using the link below. This training is free and open to all that are interested!

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on any of these events contact Elyse Henshaw at ehenshaw AT rtpi.org or 716-665-2473 ext. 231

*If you would like to attend the iMapInvasives training, please download and complete the registration form or contact Elyse Henshaw (ehenshaw AT rtpi.org or 716-665-2473 ext. 231) no later than Wednesday March 1st.

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds 2017 Training Session
Saturday, March 4th, 9:00-12:00
Stratford Point in Stratford, Connecticut

The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds/CT DEEP 2017 monitoring and stewardship season is about to begin! We hope all our past monitors will be returning this year after yet another record-setting season in 2017. We can only keep this success going with your help, so if you have yet to volunteer please join us this season! See more information here in our blog: http://rtpi.org/aafcw-2017-training/

Wednesday, March 8 at 7PM
Prendergast EcoRead