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Posts by Twan Leenders

RTPI Reopens July 18th

Posted on Jul 8, 2020

RTPI Reopens July 18th

Ready and Refreshed after Four Months Closed since March 16, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute will reopen its museum on Saturday, July 18. “My first official act,” says Arthur Pearson, “on my first day as the new CEO of the Institute, was to close the museum to the public. It will be a relief and a joy to reopen our doors and welcome back our many friends and supporters.” Technically, the museum could have reopened June 30 – that’s the day Governor Cuomo announced Phase IV reopening for Western New York. However, RTPI has taken extra time to ensure the health and safety of staff and...

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Thank You from Our CEO

Posted on Jul 6, 2020

Thank You from Our CEO

July, 2020 Dear Friends, First of all – thank you. Thank you to all who responded so generously to our spring appeal. This was my first big fundraiser for RTPI, one that provided a particularly up close and personal introduction to our friends and supporters. Officially, my title is Chief Executive Officer. Since my arrival in mid-March, however, it’s been more like Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. With the museum closed to the public and all staff – except me – working from home, I’ve been holding down the fort largely on my own. So, in addition to doing CEO stuff – managing finances, putting...

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RTPI Remembers Eric Berg

Posted on Jun 4, 2020

RTPI Remembers Eric Berg

RTPI Remembers Eric Berg by Arthur Pearson, CEO Roger Tory Peterson loved penguins, his “favorite family of birds.” He traveled the world to see them – to Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands and to Antarctica, where he endured blizzards and sub-zero temperatures to catch his first glimpse of King and Emperor Penguins. For many years, visitors to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute had a much easier time meeting their first Emperor Penguins. A mother and her adorable chick. Life-sized. Big enough to hug, which is exactly what kids were encouraged to do. Thanks to sculptor Eric Berg.   Eric...

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An Appeal from Our CEO

Posted on May 15, 2020

An Appeal from Our CEO

May 2020 Dear Friends, This is my first Spring Appeal for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and I couldn’t be more excited. Nor more concerned. Yet hopeful. I imagine many of us are feeling a mix of emotions as we strive to navigate the uncertainties of the Covid crisis. Our museum has been closed since mid-March. All events and programs have been cancelled well into the summer, usually our busiest, most important time of the year. The sad fact is, many organizations aren’t going to survive. My hope lies in you. With your help, we will survive. With your help, we will emerge from this...

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Release of Spiny Soft Shell Turtles

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

RTPI conservation staff Jonathan Townsend and Twan Leenders recently joined wildlife rehabilitation specialists Shelby Priester and Karen Slote to help with the release of three rare spiny softshell turtles. The three youngsters were collected last summer or fall by a private individual, who likely found them somewhere right after they hatched and were leaving their nest to head to a nearby river. Spiny softshell turtles are a species of special conservation concern in New York State and protected by the law. Taking home found baby turtles is never a good idea. It very rarely ends well for...

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