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Our blog features constant updates on a variety of subjects relating to education, conservation, exhibits, special events, and much more. You can expect to read about art, birds and birding, weather, dragonflies and damselflies, reptiles and amphibians, literature and media, fascinating stories, plants and trees, butterflies and moths, climate change, agriculture, and of course, Roger Tory Peterson.

RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Begins June 14th

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Begins June 14th

RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Begins June 14th

RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Begins June 14th RTPI invites you to celebrate the warm weather with a series of ‘Art After 5’ adult gatherings from 5- 7 pm on four different evenings throughout the summer: June 14th, July 10th, August 2nd and September 6th. Guests to these events will enjoy live music on our patio, appetizers, wine, and tour of our new exhibition, “Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy”, all for a $10 donation. “We first offered ‘Art After 5’ to the community approximately 10 years ago, and there was such a...

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What Are These Weeds?

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on What Are These Weeds?

What Are These Weeds?

Many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake; its nutrient-rich sediments provide a fertile growing bed for vegetation. Some of these plants are native to our area and provide critical ecological and environmental benefits, while others were introduced from distant locales and have been wreaking havoc on the ecological function, recreational and economic value of Chautauqua Lake. This summer, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI), in partnership with the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance, the County of Chautauqua,...

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An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake; its nutrient-rich sediments provide a fertile growing bed for vegetation. Some of these plants are native to our area and provide critical ecological and environmental benefits, while others were introduced from distant locales and have been wreaking havoc on the ecological function, recreational and economic value of Chautauqua Lake. Surprisingly, some of the most prevalent invasives have been with us for decades already, while a steady stream of nearby or newly arriving species poses...

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ROGER TORY PETERSON’S WILD AMERICA NATURE FESTIVAL AT PANAMA ROCKS JULY 28 & 29

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on ROGER TORY PETERSON’S WILD AMERICA NATURE FESTIVAL AT PANAMA ROCKS JULY 28 & 29

ROGER TORY PETERSON’S WILD AMERICA NATURE FESTIVAL AT PANAMA ROCKS JULY 28 & 29

Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival is returning for its second year on July 28 & 29. Headlining the event are Roger Tory Peterson’s son, Lee Peterson, nationally best-selling author Jennifer Ackerman, and famous animal expert Jeff Musial (with his animals). Lee Peterson, the younger of two sons of Roger Tory Peterson, has worked in the world of natural history his entire life and is the author/illustrator of A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America. As a gastronomic botanist, he has...

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RTPI Hiring “Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors” for Summer 2018

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Hiring “Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors” for Summer 2018

RTPI Hiring “Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors” for Summer 2018

  As part of its ongoing efforts to better understand the natural history of our region and promote environmental literacy and stewardship, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is excited to carry out its Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassador program in Jamestown NY for a fourth year. As part of this program, RTPI is recruiting interested area high school students as youth ambassadors and college students as ambassador leaders to represent Project Wild America in the Greater Jamestown area. These students will work...

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RTPI is Recruiting Crew Leaders for the Summer 2018 Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI is Recruiting Crew Leaders for the Summer 2018 Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program

RTPI is Recruiting Crew Leaders for the Summer 2018 Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Program

As part of its ongoing efforts to better understand the natural history of our region and promote environmental literacy and stewardship, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is excited to offer its Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassador program in Jamestown NY for a fourth year. As part of this program, RTPI is recruiting interested area high school students as youth ambassadors and college students as ambassador leaders to represent Project Wild America in the Greater Jamestown area. These students will work alongside...

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Celebrate ‘Salamander Saturday’ on May 5th!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Celebrate ‘Salamander Saturday’ on May 5th!

Celebrate ‘Salamander Saturday’ on May 5th!

Seven-hundred unique species; ranging in size from 1 inch to 6 feet long; residing on 5 out of the world’s 7 continents; filling important niches while rarely being seen… These are salamanders! RTPI will host a special “Salamander Saturday” event on May 5th from 10am-2pm. This celebration of all things slimy, inspired by the annual international Salamander Saturday event initiated by the Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders, is aimed at raising awareness of our local and regional salamanders, their habitats, and their...

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Vote for RTPI to host the 2018 NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Workshop!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Vote for RTPI to host the 2018 NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Workshop!

Vote for RTPI to host the 2018 NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Workshop!

RTPI has entered a competition to be the host site for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)/ Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) Creativity Incubator Workshop in Western New York! In these days of changing demographics, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth of technology & social media, institutions need to keep their exhibitions fresh, their work relevant, and take bold steps to keep up with the times. To address this statewide need, NYSCA and GHHN have created the Creativity...

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute; inspired by the world’s best-known bird-watcher.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Blog, Media | Comments Off on Roger Tory Peterson Institute; inspired by the world’s best-known bird-watcher.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute; inspired by the world’s best-known bird-watcher.

Check out this article on the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History from the Buffalo News – It includes a wonderful gallery of photos! Thanks to Mark Mulville for putting this together!

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Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy

Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy

In the early 1900s, Jamestown, New York’s urban nature inspired young Roger Tory Peterson to pursue his celebrated career as a naturalist, nature artist and influential educator. Peterson brought the study of natural history to the people, in a time when this was the realm of academia only. Through his field guides he opened the eyes of millions of everyday people to the beauty and intrinsic value of nature that exists in our backyards. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) of Natural History is the only official institutional...

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