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Downy Woodpecker

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017

Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is an industrious little bird that frequents parks and woodlots throughout much of North America. While often spotted at backyard feeders with similarly sized chickadees and nuthatches, this black-and-white woodpecker is also at home on tiny branches where it can be seen acrobatically foraging for insect larvae. Roger Tory Peterson described this bird’s call as “a rapid whinny of notes, descending in pitch.” Keep an eye and an ear out for this charismatic little bird; its striking plumage, shrill song and tree-trunk tapping should...

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Winter Blues

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Winter Blues

Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) can look so vibrantly blue on sunny days, but blue coloration in animals is very rarely created by blue pigment. Instead, their stunning hues are created by refractive colors of light, breaking on microscopic structure of the feathers. Minute barbs on their feathers are specially modified to scatter light in a way that makes them appear blue, rather than showing the brown melanin that their feathers are colored with. Yes, Blue Jays are not actually...

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2016 Annual Report

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

2016 Annual Report

Roger Tory Peterson lived his life by the motto “Learn it, Love it, Protect it”, and it’s a great way to characterize our work at RTPI! We endeavor to share with you the wonder and excitement of appreciating and exploring the natural world every day and everywhere. Please read our 2016 Annual Report to learn about the many ways that we’ve been continuing Roger Tory Peterson’s work! You can access the full report at http://rtpi.org/support-rtpi/2016-annual-report/ We hope you enjoy learning about our many...

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Ranitomeya vanzolinii

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016

Ranitomeya vanzolinii

One of Twan’s all-time favorite dart frogs, Ranitomeya vanzolinii. He says that they’re tiny and secretive, but whenever you manage to get a good look, they take your breath away! Photographed for the Meet Your Neighbours global diversity...

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Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius)

The Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) displays great color and pattern variation throughout its extensive distribution range – each form is stunningly beautiful in its own...

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