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The Great Spangled Fritillary!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

The Great Spangled Fritillary!

The Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) and other native butterflies provide added splashes of color on summer days as they flit about our flower gardens, parks and roadsides. Butterflies don’t need much to thrive in our immediate vicinity. As long as you take extra care to plant native flowering plants that provide healthy foods for these animals (rather than non-native ornamental plants that don’t offer such benefits to our insects) and don’t spray pesticides, butterflies will be there to brighten your day (and pollinate your other flowers and veggies)!

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Prendergast Library Announce Summer Collaborative Programming

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Prendergast Library Announce Summer Collaborative Programming

The Prendergast Library and RTPI are pleased to announce their collaborative summer initiatives, focused on the library’s Summer Reading Program and RTPI’s Project Wild America Program. Using the library system’s 2017 theme “Build a Better World”, both organizations will jointly host nature-themed events for library patrons of all ages, as well as offer opportunities to learn about and engage with some of the unusual wildlife that inhabits Jamestown’s backyards and open spaces. From June 27 through August 15, RTPI staff and summer student interns will host a weekly...

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Bullfrog Metamorph

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017

Bullfrog Metamorph

It’s the time of year that local green frogs and bull frogs are leaving their watery confines to try a life on land. These large frogs breed only in permanent bodies of water, because they spend several years as a tadpole before metamorphosis. Unlike our vernal pool species, which breed earlier and are leaving their temporary pools before they dry, these species rely on permanent water that allows their tadpoles to overwinter – sometimes several times, depending on latitude. Want to learn more about the frogs in your neighborhood? There are Peterson Field Guides for that thanks to Roger Tory...

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Remarkable Recapture

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017

Remarkable Recapture

Golden-winged Warblers are among the most imperiled birds in North America. Their numbers have plummeted nearly 70% in the past 50 years, and this species continues to decline at a staggering 2.5% each year. Outside of their core breeding range in the upper Great Lakes Region (mostly Minnesota and Wisconsin) they have just about disappeared altogether, and several northeastern states now no longer have viable populations of Golden-winged Warblers around. What causes these declines? Well, a number of factors play a role here. Golden-winged Warblers prefer to live in open, wet areas that are...

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First Field Guide Experiences

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

First Field Guide Experiences

Do you remember your first experience with a field guide? Steven Brodsky, author of the column “Entertainment, Culture and More” on delcoculturevultures.com, asked this question of several leading biologists (including RTPI’s president, Twan Leenders), and shared their responses in his latest article. Read Steve’s column here:  http://delcoculturevultures.com/entertainment-culture-and-more/. And if you find yourself inspired to pick up a new field guide yourself, stop in to RTPI’s Nature Store to browse our extensive selection! Our motto: Learn It, Love It, Protect...

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