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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 Presents the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Presents the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour

RTPI Presents the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour

“For the 14th year, we’re bringing this incredible program to the screen, allowing everyone to experience these inspiring stories that drive us to keep exploring the world outside,” said Jane Johnson, RTPI’s Director of Exhibits and Special Collections. “For our local screening, we show films that best reflect the interests of our community and the surrounding areas, with themes such as skiing, biking, climbing, kayaking, culture and the environment. This is one of our biggest events of the year, and once you come for the first time...

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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

In as little as 15 minutes you can help birds by counting the ones you see during February 16–19. Sharing your tally will help scientists track the health of the world’s bird populations. Count as many times as you like, anywhere you like, and send your tallies via the Great Backyard Bird Count website or use the eBird mobile app. It’s as easy as watching your own bird feeder, plus the birds will thank you! Learn more at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ #birdyourworld #yearofthebird

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Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018

Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018

Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018 The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds/CT DEEP Wildlife Division 2018 monitoring and stewardship season is about to begin! Please see below for details, and please pass this along to any new volunteers you feel would be interested in joining us. We hope all our past monitors will be returning this year after yet another record-setting season in 2017. We can only keep this success going with your help! Spend your summer days at the beach and help protect a federally threatened species! The...

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National Bird Feeding Month

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on National Bird Feeding Month

National Bird Feeding Month

February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day – that time of year when those of us living in temperate climates turn our attention to a furry brown marmot awaiting its “prediction” as to whether or not winter weather will persist for another six weeks. But did you know that February is also National Wild Bird Feeding Month? Putting up a bird feeder in your backyard can be an entertaining and educational way to pass the time while winter persists, and it will help keep our feathered friends fed until their spring food resources emerge. Want to know what the...

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Green-Up Jamestown!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Green-Up Jamestown!

Green-Up Jamestown!

The mission of the Green-Up Jamestown Coalition (GUJC) is to unite the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences; business and industry, and community leaders to increase citizen’s love of nature, promote environmental awareness, and create local-to-global sustainability. RTPI works with community partners and sponsors of the GUJC to organize grassroots teaching and learning events modeled after those utilized during the first Earth Day in 1970. In the coming months, a diverse set of events will be offered throughout Jamestown to celebrate our...

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Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which is devastating Hemlock trees throughout much of the Eastern United States. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to our area, and early detection of HWA is crucial to effectively managing its spread. This winter season we are once again conducting a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside conservationists from RTPI, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College to monitor for the...

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Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

We are very excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with artist Dale Weiler to raise funds for RTPI! Learn more about this partnership here: http://weilerwoodsforwildlife.com/conservation_initiat/roger-tory-peterson-institute/ As you may recall, Weiler produced this limited edition bronze snowy owl sculpture in 2017. The bronze, entitled “Elevated Perspective”, is a 9-inch rendering of a snowy owl, one of Roger Tory Peterson’s favorite species to paint and the icon for RTPI. Dale spent over a month creating the original...

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RTPI Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

RTPI Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

RTPI welcomed Joni Blackman as their new Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the turn of the New Year. A longtime resident of the Jamestown area, Joni has over 30 years’ experience in leading and managing not-for-profit organizations. She served as executive director of the Fenton History Center for 14 years and is currently board president of the James Prendergast Library Association. Joni has also served on the board of the Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theatre, Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureau, Reachout Ministries, Inc., and...

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Short-eared Owl Camouflage

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Short-eared Owl Camouflage

Short-eared Owl Camouflage

I can’t understand why the Short-eared Owl has this plumage…it’s really tough to tell from these photos! You can also see the bird did not enjoy yesterday’s late afternoon snow, sleet, rain mix. I’m glad so many people have been coming by to enjoy watching our occasional owl at Stratford Point, and most are being very kind and respectful. Please keep it up! Stay on our trails and keep your distance while letting the owl hunt and fly around. It may end up providing terrific views if you stand in place considering...

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The Search for HWA Begins

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on The Search for HWA Begins

The Search for HWA Begins

Join us this Friday afternoon for our first hemlock woolly adelgid survey of the season! As a part of the Hemlock Conservation of the High Allegheny Plateau Project, led by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, RTPI and JCC adopted South Valley State Forest to survey and contribute information to these agencies as well as the Department of Environmental Conservation. Join us as we survey two sites on the state forest lands. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 to carpool and meet on-site around 1:00pm. For...

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