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Upcoming Events

Roger Tory Peterson’s Penguins
February 8 – May 5, 2019
See more information here on our exhibits page.


Albatross Film & Plastics Discussion at RTPI
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm
Free and open to the public

Bird and nature-lovers alike are invited to learn about one of the largest flying seabirds in our oceans during a screening of the film Albatross, by artist Chris Jordan.  In creating the film, Jordan documented beautiful images of these majestic birds and their habitats.  Albatross also elucidates these birds’ remarkable way of life and the negative impact that human activities are having on these magnificent birds.  A trailer for this film can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/218502282.

Prior to the film screening, Kara Bemis will give a talk on the topic of plastic pollution.  Her presentation is sponsored by 5 Gyres, a national non-profit organization focused on the issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.  Kara will share current data on this ubiquitous modern-day pollutant – including information specific to the Jamestown area – and will conclude by suggesting simple changes that each of us can make every day to reduce plastic pollution.

This event will take place during Earth Week, a time to celebrate nature and to recommit to making healthier choices for ourselves and for the planet.

Film Synopsis:
ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.  On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic.  Returning to the island over several years, our team witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.  This story is framed in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries.  The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted.  Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, ALBATROSS takes viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

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Please join us at RTPI for this powerful and essential environmental topic discussion and film!  This event is free and open to the public.

(Albatross Mandala Midway Island, 2010 – Photo Credit, Chris Jordan)


Humanities NY Reading and Discussion Series
April – July, 2019

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute 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”, and each title explores the myriad of ways that 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 Educator, Melanie Smith.  Books for the following month’s session will be distributed at the end of each discussion.

The first Humanities New York Reading and Discussion session will be held on Friday, April 26th from 6-7pm.  In this intital session, the first title, “An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas” by Diane Wilson, will be discussed.  This program is free open to the public, and a limited number of loaner books are now available to sign out at RTPI.

Subsequent sessions will be held in May, June, and July to discuss the other book titles.  The program schedule and book synopses are available on RTPI’s website at https://rtpi.org/rtpi-to-host-humanities-ny-reading-and-discussion-series/ You need not attend all sessions to participate – choose the titles and times that fit your interests and schedule!

This offering was sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant. Please contact Melanie Smith at [email protected] or 716.665.2473 ext 221 for more information.


Yoga with the Birds
Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30pm
$10 Donation

This unique event combines yoga, art, and nature all in one!  End your week and start your weekend with the birds at RTPI!  An all levels, hour yoga class taught in the library, surrounded by birds depicted through art inside the galleries and a view of birds outside in RTPI’s beautiful wooded setting.  Experience Kara’s unique and healing teaching style while taking in the serene art and architecture surrounding you during class.

Class taught by Kara Bemis, local yoga teacher of vinyasa yoga and hatha yoga.  Learn more about Kara at https://karabemisyoga.com/

Please bring a mat for class.

Register by calling 665-2473 ext. 227 or emailing [email protected].