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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.

An RTPI Intern Explains Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Surveys

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on An RTPI Intern Explains Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Surveys

An RTPI Intern Explains Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Surveys

RTPI Survey – February 14, 2020 by Taylor Haight; Jamestown Community College Student/RTPI Intern On Valentine’s Day, volunteers from Jamestown Community College and the community participated in an HWA survey at Roger Tory Peterson Institute and JCC preserves. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, or HWA, is an invasive, aphid-like insect that feeds on the sap of hemlock trees. Feeding disrupts the flow of nutrients to the twigs and needles and could lead to the death of the tree within four to ten years. Since it’s first detection in the early 1920s, HWA...

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What’s Going on in Your Woods? 24th Annual Northwest PA Forest Landowner Conference

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on What’s Going on in Your Woods? 24th Annual Northwest PA Forest Landowner Conference

What’s Going on in Your Woods? 24th Annual Northwest PA Forest Landowner Conference

24th Annual Northwest PA Forest Landowner Conference February 29th, 2020 Frank G. Pogue Student Center Edinboro University Registration Deadline: February 21st What’s going on in your woods? During this forest focused event, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute will be hosting a table to provide information about Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership and how to get involved in protecting our local forests from this unwanted pest. Landowner Conference Brochure – 2020 For more information about the...

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Help Wanted: Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Help Wanted: Great Backyard Bird Count

Help Wanted: Great Backyard Bird Count

Over President’s Day weekend (Friday, February 14 thru Monday, February 17, 2020), bird enthusiasts of all ages and abilities throughout the world are urged to count birds in their backyards or local parks as part of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. It doesn’t cost money. You can do it “bare-handed” just by watching out your kitchen window. It’s fun and educational. And it really helps contribute valuable information to bird conservation. The Falconer Public Library will host a free indoor introduction to the Great Backyard Bird...

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Special Guy Coheleach Artwork Offer Ends February 14th!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Special Guy Coheleach Artwork Offer Ends February 14th!

Special Guy Coheleach Artwork Offer Ends February 14th!

RTPI has been pleased to feature the artwork of Guy Coheleach in our galleries since October 11, 2020. The exhibition was scheduled to close on January 19, 2020, but Mr. Coheleach, a long-time friend of the Institute and Roger Tory Peterson himself, has decided to offer a generous opportunity for friends of RTPI. Until February 14th, all available paintings will be offered at 50% off the original listed gallery price. To view or purchase available artwork, please visit our galleries Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, or by appointment, or click here....

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Allegheny Outfitters to Host Free Hemlock Tree Conservation Programs

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Allegheny Outfitters to Host Free Hemlock Tree Conservation Programs

Allegheny Outfitters to Host Free Hemlock Tree Conservation Programs

Want to show your love for our local forests? During the week of Valentine’s Day, partners of the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership and Allegheny Forest Health Collaborative will join Allegheny Outfitters in Warren, PA for two events focusing on the invasive pest known as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) which is threatening our native Eastern Hemlock Trees. On Thursday February 13th, this collaborative will lead a training session at Allegheny Outfitters from 6-7:30pm. And on Saturday, February 15th conservation staff from the...

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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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