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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 Bird-Skinning Demonstration/Workshop 10/20/18

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to Host Bird-Skinning Demonstration/Workshop 10/20/18

RTPI to Host Bird-Skinning Demonstration/Workshop 10/20/18

The bird specimens so artfully depicted in Alberto Rey’s ‘The Extinct Bird Project’ exhibition, now on view at RTPI, are stunning studies of lifeless creatures that will never again be seen in the wild. Some of the birds represented in Rey’s paintings have been dead for over a century, but their preserved bodies are still available for researchers – and artists – to study in the country’s natural history museums, including the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI). These so-called ‘study skins’ are not taxidermy...

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RTPI’s Twan Leenders Invited to Speak at Costa Rica’s International Herpetological Symposium IV

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI’s Twan Leenders Invited to Speak at Costa Rica’s International Herpetological Symposium IV

RTPI’s Twan Leenders Invited to Speak at Costa Rica’s International Herpetological Symposium IV

Costa Rica is home to 5% of the planet’s biodiversity. Though small in geographic area, the country has one of the highest densities of reptiles and amphibians species in the world with more than 440 species. From September 6 – 9, 2018, the Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve in the lowland tropical rainforests of Sarapiquí, Costa Rica hosted the fourth International Herpetological Symposium. This event featured presentations and lectures on the conservation, taxonomy, ecology, and biology of reptiles and amphibians. Symposium...

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RTPI’s Conservation Technician Attends Silviculture Workshop

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI’s Conservation Technician Attends Silviculture Workshop

RTPI’s Conservation Technician Attends Silviculture Workshop

Last week RTPI’s Elyse Henshaw had the opportunity to attend a training session offered by the U.S. Forest Service and Penn State Extension to learn about the ecology and silviculture of the Allegheny Hardwood forests. Within the discipline of forestry, silviculture is a standard management practice in which foresters and other natural resource managers control the establishment, growth, health and composition of a forest in order to meet a variety needs for wildlife, recreation, water quality and timber in a sustainable manner. Silviculture...

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RTPI to host Chautauqua County Forest Pest Task Force Meeting on September 7th

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to host Chautauqua County Forest Pest Task Force Meeting on September 7th

RTPI to host Chautauqua County Forest Pest Task Force Meeting on September 7th

The Chautauqua County Forest Pest Task Force (CCFPTF) is a volunteer organization of forestry professionals, scientists, natural resource managers, local officials and private citizens. CCFPTF has organized to facilitate a science-based response to the ecological, economic and public safety impacts of invasive forest pests within the forests and communities of Chautauqua County. RTPI will host the next meeting of the CCFPTF on Friday, September 7th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Carri Marschner and Nick Dietschler from the NYS Hemlock Initiative will...

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RTPI Hosts Social Meetup at the Buffalo Zoo August 20th to Explore Boomerang Island, A Special Exhibit Showcasing the Birds of Australia

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI Hosts Social Meetup at the Buffalo Zoo August 20th to Explore Boomerang Island, A Special Exhibit Showcasing the Birds of Australia

RTPI Hosts Social Meetup at the Buffalo Zoo August 20th to Explore Boomerang Island,  A Special Exhibit Showcasing the Birds of Australia

Roger Tory Peterson, one of America’s foremost artists, naturalists and ornithologists, and creator of the Peterson Field Guide series, was one of the first to make the world of birds accessible to everyone. In keeping with Peterson’s legacy, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute invites you for a field trip to the Buffalo Zoo on August 20th to experience Boomerang Island, an interactive exhibit comprised of over 300 birds representing a variety of species native to the Australian Outback. This temporary summer exhibition features a colorful cast...

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RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Continues August 2nd

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RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Continues August 2nd

In the spirit of fun, and the opening of the National Comedy Center, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) invites you back to celebrate ‘Art After 5’ from 5:00 – 7:00pm on Thursday, August 2nd.  This event will feature live music on our patio by local musician Landon Gray, beverages catered by Bag and String Wine Merchants, light refreshments, and brief tours of the summer exhibition, “Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy”, all for a $10 donation. “This is a great opportunity for visitors to view our...

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RTPI to Feature Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition this Fall

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI to Feature Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition this Fall

RTPI to Feature Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition this Fall

RTPI is pleased to present artist Alberto Rey’s Extinct Birds Project exhibition this fall. The new exhibit will be featured at RTPI from August 17th – December 14th and will include 18 original works by the artist. The Project also includes a new book by Rey, along with programming in partnership with RTPI. RTPI invites you to an artist’s reception, gallery talk, and book signing with Alberto Rey on Friday, August 17, from 5:00-7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. The 208-page, full-color Extinct Birds Project...

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Wild America: Know Your Wild Neighbors

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Wild America: Know Your Wild Neighbors

Wild America: Know Your Wild Neighbors

Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival (July 28 & 29 at Panama Rocks) was created to help strengthen our emotional connection to the natural world and to facilitate understanding and respect for the many fascinating creatures with which we share our planet. At a time when ever fewer people are spending time immersed in nature, it is more important than ever to open our eyes, minds, and hearts to nature, and to address misconceptions and behaviors that too often put our wild neighbors in peril. One of the best ways to do this...

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Go Locavore at the 2018 Wild America Nature Festival!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Go Locavore at the 2018 Wild America Nature Festival!

Go Locavore at the 2018 Wild America Nature Festival!

Fresh strawberries. BBQ chicken. Mushrooms. Sweet corn. Cherries. Burgers. Black raspberries. We could keep on listing the amazing locally farmed and wild edible foods that make our summer delicious, but it would take up more space than we have for this article. Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks on July 28 & 29 will celebrate amazing, locally produced and sourced food and highlight the importance of the environment to our food chain. One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be a series of...

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RTPI’s Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Take a Walk on Jamestown’s Wild Side

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on RTPI’s Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Take a Walk on Jamestown’s Wild Side

RTPI’s Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Take a Walk on Jamestown’s Wild Side

RTPI’s Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassadors are a cohort of high school and college students who have been recruited to work alongside RTPI biologists for the summer, exploring, recording, and bragging about the diversity of wildlife that thrives in Jamestown’s urban habitats. In the early 1900s, young Roger Tory Peterson roamed the streets, parks, and surroundings of Jamestown and was so inspired by the birds, moths, wildflowers, and other natural treasures he found, that it became the foundation for his celebrated international...

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