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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.

Update: 35 Stories in Celebration of RTPI’s 35th Anniversary

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Update: 35 Stories in Celebration of RTPI’s 35th Anniversary

Update: 35 Stories in Celebration of RTPI’s 35th Anniversary

Can you believe that it’s June already? 2019 – the year in which RTPI is celebrating its 35th Anniversary – is almost halfway over. And while we’ve already written many chapters in the story of this milestone year, we still have many more to compose!   As you may recall, one way that we are celebrating RTPI’s 35th Anniversary is by sharing “35 Stories”; a collection of ideas, memories, experiences, and more, that make our journey together special. We thought that this would be a good time to provide an update on this initiative! So here...

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An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Posted by on May 14, 2019 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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What Are These “Weeds”?

Posted by on May 14, 2019 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 negatively impacting 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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UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science collaborate to showcase Alberto Rey’s ‘Extinct Birds Project’.

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science collaborate to showcase Alberto Rey’s ‘Extinct Birds Project’.

UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science collaborate to showcase Alberto Rey’s ‘Extinct Birds Project’.

March 24, 2019– UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science are pleased to present Alberto Rey: Lost Beauty I and II, a two-part exhibition featuring new work by artist Alberto Rey. Alberto Rey: Lost Beauty I will be on view from June 8—August 18, 2019 at UB Anderson Gallery, with an opening reception, gallery talk & book signing on June 8 from 6-8pm. This exhibition will showcase Rey’s The Extinct Birds Project, including paintings and ceramics by Alberto Rey as well as extinct bird specimens, videos and audio recordings from...

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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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