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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 to Host “Illuminating the Dark Side of Nature” Book Club

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to Host “Illuminating the Dark Side of Nature” Book Club

RTPI to Host “Illuminating the Dark Side of Nature” Book Club

Program Theme: Illuminating the Dark Side of Nature It’s easy to find beauty in the natural world. Literature is filled with descriptions of breathtaking landscapes, magnificent creatures, and meaningful experiences in the great outdoors. Yet, nature also has its dark places – filled with curiosities that we often fear. Participants in this new Reading and Discussion series will explore some of the strange and mysterious corners of the natural world – as they venture through contemporary pieces of literature- into places...

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Citizen Science Opportunity: Protect Our Hemlock Trees

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Citizen Science Opportunity: Protect Our Hemlock Trees

Citizen Science Opportunity: Protect Our Hemlock Trees

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia that feeds off of the food storage cells below the needles of an Eastern Hemlock tree and hides itself under white woolly masses for protection. Within only a matter of 4-10 years an individual tree can succumb to an HWA infestation if left unnoticed. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to our area as it has spread throughout much of the eastern United States, leaving massive stands of hemlocks dead in their wake. Early detection of this particular pest is...

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120th Annual Christmas Bird Count is December 14th-15th!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count is December 14th-15th!

120th Annual Christmas Bird Count is December 14th-15th!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest-running citizen science project in the world. In its 120th year now, the National Audubon Society is starting this year’s CBC season, organizing counts in hundreds of locations. Data gathered by volunteers has historically been critical to our understanding of how bird populations change over time. In this day and age, with bird populations declining sometimes precipitously, it is critically important that many people participate and help us count the birds that are present on a CBC count day....

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Chiropterophily: The incredible pollination services that bats provide.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Chiropterophily: The incredible pollination services that bats provide.

Chiropterophily: The incredible pollination services that bats provide.

Recently, many have become aware of the issues that our pollinating insects face. Insects have been in a general decline for some time now, which is worrisome as they help prop up the food chains that support just about everything else on the planet. There are over 400 species of native bees just in New York State alone, each with an important role in the food web. Other critters – flies, beetles, butterflies, birds, etc. are important pollinators as well. A critical pollinator that often gets overlooked is the majestic and glorious bat....

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Vigilant volunteers on Connecticut beaches result in successful nesting season for threatened shorebirds.

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Vigilant volunteers on Connecticut beaches result in successful nesting season for threatened shorebirds.

Vigilant volunteers on Connecticut beaches result in successful nesting season for threatened shorebirds.

Season recap reveals new details about where American Oystercatchers migrate, and historically low numbers for Least Terns. November 19, 2019– Thanks to the efforts of almost 100 volunteers on Connecticut’s beaches, two of the state’s most vulnerable shorebirds had highly successful breeding seasons in 2019, reflecting a generally safer shoreline locally for federally and state-threatened birds. The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds announced that the 57 pairs of Piping Plovers that nested in the state fledged 1.72 chicks per...

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RTPI to Host Holiday Open House December 7th

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to Host Holiday Open House December 7th

RTPI to Host Holiday Open House December 7th

RTPI will hold their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00AM – 5:00PM.  Visitors will enjoy free admission into our galleries, light refreshments, and a chance to win a gift bag filled with unique items from our museum store. This event is part of Swedish Market Day in Jamestown – Julmarknad, organized by the Scandinavian Studies Program at Jamestown Community College. RTPI’s is currently featuring the artwork of Guy Coheleach in their galleries.  Guy Coheleach: Wildlife in Art includes over 40 original paintings by...

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The Message of the Monarchs by Becky Nystrom

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on The Message of the Monarchs by Becky Nystrom

The Message of the Monarchs by Becky Nystrom

Nature and her creatures are suffering, and they’re calling for our help. The message of the monarchs (Danaus plexippus), a once widespread and iconic organism now threatened with extinction, is but one of many species in unprecedented decline, pleading for our attention and action. Monarchs have much to teach us, and the plight of this amazing and ancient organism is a warning to us all that an ecological Armageddon may be underway. The eastern monarch’s mind-boggling three thousand-mile multigenerational migration between Mexico and North...

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RTPI to host “Guy Coheleach: Wildlife in Art”

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to host “Guy Coheleach: Wildlife in Art”

RTPI to host “Guy Coheleach: Wildlife in Art”

The Board of Trustees of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is pleased to host Guy Coheleach’s acclaimed traveling exhibition for the fall and winter season, beginning Friday, October 11th.  Featuring more than forty original works, the exhibition includes several new pieces created by the artist in the last five years.  RTPI has previously hosted solo exhibitions of Coheleach’s work in 1997, 2003 and 2008. In the introduction to the book Guy Coheleach’s Animal Art, Roger Tory Peterson wrote, “Guy is perhaps the most versatile and, in a...

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RTPI to host: Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, My!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to host: Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, My!

RTPI to host: Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, My!

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History invites you to join us for “Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, my!” on Friday, October 11th from 5:30-8:00 pm.  The Buffalo Zoo’s education department will be on site from 5:30-6:30pm with their “Zoo Mobile” to introduce guests to an array snakes, bats and spiders, and from 6:30 to 8:00 three knowledgeable and passionate local biologists (Twan Leenders, Becky Nystrom, and Jonathan Townsend) will explore the causes and consequences of the common misconceptions surrounding these creatures that so...

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Plastic Pollution Awareness and Action Events in Jamestown – September 27

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Plastic Pollution Awareness and Action Events in Jamestown – September 27

Plastic Pollution Awareness and Action Events in Jamestown – September 27

Plastic Pollution has become one of the greatest issues of our time; we’ve all seen the heartbreaking images of seabirds entangled in six pack rings, beached whales with bellies full of debris, and that video of the sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril! Feel like you need to get out and DO something to protect our great outdoors and environment? Let’s do something together! The third week of September marks the first-ever National Nature Cleanup Week! Join some of the Jamestown area’s environmental ambassadors for one or...

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