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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.

Adult 55+ Nature Art Classes to be Offered at RTPI

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Adult 55+ Nature Art Classes to be Offered at RTPI

Adult 55+ Nature Art Classes to be Offered at RTPI

RTPI is excited to expand our educational programming to include art classes designed for adults aged 55 and up offering during the spring and summer of 2019. Through a grant from the Tri-County Arts Council furnished by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, local artist and art instructor Robin Zefers Clark will teach two series of watercolor lessons at RTPI, each occurring over a six-week period. The first series of lessons will take place each Monday between May 6 – June 10 from 10:00 – 11:30am. The second series...

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey Tutorial

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey Tutorial

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey Tutorial

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an invasive, aphid-like insect originating from Asia which is devasting native Hemlock trees throughout the Eastern U.S. If left unnoticed, an individual tree will succumb to an infestation within a decade. Early detection of this pest is critical to preventing its spread, and RTPI has been collaborating with several partner organizations and a dedicated volunteer force to survey hemlocks throughout our region. This video – produced by Joe Gustafson Photography – provides technical information on how to...

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RTPI hiring for ‘Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors’ summer program

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI hiring for ‘Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors’ summer program

RTPI hiring for ‘Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors’ summer program

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) is currently hiring area high school and college students to work alongside its conservation staff this summer for the fifth annual Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors (PWA) Program in Jamestown. Building on the successes from the past four years, students enrolled in RTPI’s PWA program will immerse themselves in Jamestown’s ‘urban ecosystem’. These students will investigate, monitor and improve habitat for threatened species in the area and raise public awareness about our...

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Farewell to Bill Thompson III, a Great Friend of RTPI

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Farewell to Bill Thompson III, a Great Friend of RTPI

Farewell to Bill Thompson III, a Great Friend of RTPI

March 2019     #35stories     #rtpi35 Stories come in all shapes and sizes, and this one is beautiful and poignant, a story of life and loss. Our great friend Bill Thompson, III has passed away at his home in southeastern Ohio after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was the publisher and editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, the magazine launched by his parents Elsa and Bill, Jr. in 1978 “from our living room in Marietta, Ohio”, and was the author of numerous books on birds and nature. He created the “Bill of the Birds”...

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RTPI to Host “Humanities NY Reading and Discussion Series”

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to Host “Humanities NY Reading and Discussion Series”

RTPI to Host “Humanities NY Reading and Discussion Series”

RTPI is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host a series of Humanities NY Reading and Discussion programs. Participants will read a selection of books which are connected by the theme “Place and Story”; each title explores the multiple ways the American landscape influences our experiences and way of life. During each of these sessions, participants will gather at RTPI with others from the community to discuss what they’ve read in an informal conversation facilitated by RTPI’s Communications Coordinator and Environmental...

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Roger Tory Peterson’s Methods, Media and Models

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Roger Tory Peterson’s Methods, Media and Models

Roger Tory Peterson’s Methods, Media and Models

This article by Jordan Patterson, appeared in the February 28th, 2019 edition of the Post-Journal. Roger Tory Peterson passed away in 1996, but his catalog of paintings, photography and overall work with birds continued to impact Jefferson Middle School (Jamestown, NY) students Wednesday (February 27th). In two separate sessions, Lisa Corey, Jefferson art teacher, and her fifth- and sixth- grade students welcomed in representatives from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute to display past work from the founder organization. The RTPI program is...

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RTPI Celebrates 35 Years With 35 Stories in 2019

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Celebrates 35 Years With 35 Stories in 2019

RTPI Celebrates 35 Years With 35 Stories in 2019

This year we mark a milestone in our journey together – our 35th anniversary. In 2019 we’ll celebrate with events, exhibits, giveaways, special giving opportunities, some surprises, and “35 Stories”; a collection of ideas, memories, experiences, and more, that make our journey together special…things from the past, some happening right now, and some yet to come. This year we will share our stories about what started it all, what got us here, how we have changed the world (with your help), hopes and dreams for the...

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RTPI Presents ‘Roger Tory Peterson’s Penguins’ February 8 – May 5, 2019

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Presents ‘Roger Tory Peterson’s Penguins’ February 8 – May 5, 2019

RTPI Presents ‘Roger Tory Peterson’s Penguins’ February 8 – May 5, 2019

“’Comical’ – ‘Adorable’ – ‘The little fellow in the dress suit,’ et cetera. It is tempting to be anthropomorphic about penguins. Using human comparisons, it is easy to think of them as little clowns, the ridiculous dwarfs that enliven the circus, waddling with baggy pants across the arena for our amusement. They are far from that; they are not little people dressed in feathers. They are highly specialized birds dedicated to penguinism, a life molded by the cold impersonal sea, harsh climate, and the crowded colonies in which they reproduce.”...

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Pieces Comprising Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition and Publication are Available for Purchase at RTPI

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Pieces Comprising Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition and Publication are Available for Purchase at RTPI

Pieces Comprising Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition and Publication are Available for Purchase at RTPI

Alberto Rey’s Extinct Birds Project is comprised of a somber, beautiful exhibition showcasing his original paintings depicting the study skins of 18 now extinct bird species, and a companion publication which examines the collecting practices, causes for extinction, and politics of categorizing endangered birds. In addition to the poignant oil paintings which comprise the Extinct Birds Project exhibition, Alberto Rey created a series of watercolor illustrations for the companion publication by the same name. Many of the pieces created for the...

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Origins of the Holiday Turkey

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Origins of the Holiday Turkey

Origins of the Holiday Turkey

With the holidays fast approaching, many folks are beginning to plan their requisite feasts with family and friends. The centerpiece for many a merry meal will undoubtedly be a turkey; indeed, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys on Thanksgiving and about half as many on Christmas. Given that the average American consumes over 15 pounds of turkey each year, I thought it would be interesting to briefly explore the natural history of this ubiquitous bird. The domestic turkey that you buy in the grocery store is the same species as...

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