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Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which is devastating Hemlock trees throughout much of the Eastern United States. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to our area, and early detection of HWA is crucial to effectively managing its spread. This winter season we are once again conducting a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside conservationists from RTPI, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College to monitor for the presence of this invasive pest. Want to get...

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Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018

Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

We are very excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with artist Dale Weiler to raise funds for RTPI! Learn more about this partnership here: http://weilerwoodsforwildlife.com/conservation_initiat/roger-tory-peterson-institute/ As you may recall, Weiler produced this limited edition bronze snowy owl sculpture in 2017. The bronze, entitled “Elevated Perspective”, is a 9-inch rendering of a snowy owl, one of Roger Tory Peterson’s favorite species to paint and the icon for RTPI. Dale spent over a month creating the original sculpture from snowy alabaster to capture the subtle...

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Short-eared Owl Camouflage

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

Short-eared Owl Camouflage

I can’t understand why the Short-eared Owl has this plumage…it’s really tough to tell from these photos! You can also see the bird did not enjoy yesterday’s late afternoon snow, sleet, rain mix. I’m glad so many people have been coming by to enjoy watching our occasional owl at Stratford Point, and most are being very kind and respectful. Please keep it up! Stay on our trails and keep your distance while letting the owl hunt and fly around. It may end up providing terrific views if you stand in place considering how active it is at certain (varying) times. Scott...

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The Search for HWA Begins

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018

The Search for HWA Begins

Join us this Friday afternoon for our first hemlock woolly adelgid survey of the season! As a part of the Hemlock Conservation of the High Allegheny Plateau Project, led by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, RTPI and JCC adopted South Valley State Forest to survey and contribute information to these agencies as well as the Department of Environmental Conservation. Join us as we survey two sites on the state forest lands. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 to carpool and meet on-site around 1:00pm. For those meeting on-site, please meet near the bridge on...

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Short-eared Owl

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018

Short-eared Owl

You have seen a lot of Snowy Owl posts from me during this terrific irruptive season, and they are still with us in early 2018. However, I was lucky enough to enjoy this Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) actively hunting yesterday afternoon at Stratford Point. The bird may have just joined us that day as it was certainly very conspicuous, and it seemed quite hungry – though it was exceptionally talented at hunting with multiple kills! Short-eared Owls are ‘endangered’ in New York and their wintering population is ‘threatened’ in Connecticut. Undisturbed grassland...

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