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Artist Dale Weiler Creates Bronze Owl Sculpture to Benefit RTPI

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Artist Dale Weiler Creates Bronze Owl Sculpture to Benefit RTPI

We are very excited to announce the release of a limited edition bronze sculpture created by Dale Weiler to support Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s conservation through education initiative; the Project Wild America Youth Ambassador’s Program! 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...

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Ghost Glass Frogs!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017

Ghost Glass Frogs!

Researchers from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) have been monitoring these Ghost Glass Frogs and other amphibian species for more than two decades – not only to keep these frogs from extinction, but also to learn how the recovering populations were able to survive such catastrophic declines. Hopefully this information will help us as we try to find ways to help other endangered species as well. Stay tuned for more footage from our adventures in the...

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Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Are you a talented artist or do you have a friend who is?   The deadline to apply to become an artist exhibitor in the 2017 Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition at the first annual Wild America Nature Festival is March 31st.   In order to give potential applicants a representation of the art and artists that will be at the show, we have pre-selected six early applicants. You can learn more about them and their art, as well as find the show prospectus and contract needed to apply, at: http://www.wildamericafest.com/become-an-art-exhibitor.html.   Both artists creating art...

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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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Gray Four-eyed Opossum

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

Gray Four-eyed Opossum

This is a young Gray Four-eyed Opossum (Philander opossum) caught in one of our mammal traps, as we were surveying for an unusual jungle rodent called Watson’s Climbing Rat (Tylomys watsoni) in Rara Avis Nature Reserve, Costa Rica. Believe it or not, the rat would have been bigger than this opossum (and particularly fond of chocolate and soap). Like it’s cousin, the Virginia Opossum, these guys show a remarkable resistance to venoms and poisons, including snake venom, and are relatively immune to dangerous snake bites. In North America, opossums have been credited with being a biological...

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