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Upcoming Events

Chadakoin River Walks; Explore Jamestown’s Wild Side!
October 17th: 9-10am
Join RTPI President Twan Leenders and other area naturalists on a walk through the Chadakoin River outlet forest to discover birds, turtles, wildflowers, and other surprising flora and fauna that calls Jamestown home. Enjoy the Chadakoin River Walk system’s newest asset, a mile-long easily walkable and bikeable path along the river, in the company of expert nature guides. Join us to explore the city’s biological diversity that once inspired one of the world’s greatest naturalists, Roger Tory Peterson, learn about ongoing environmental conservation and education efforts, and be amazed! The walk will start at the Riverwalk parking area on W 8th Street, adjacent to the Resource Center and opposite McCrae Point park. This program is free and open to the public. Wear comfortable shoes and make sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Bird Skinning Workshop at RTPI
October 20th: 11 am-1pm
The bird specimens so artfully depicted in Alberto Rey’s ‘The Extinct Bird Project’, now on view at RTPI, have been dead for many years, but their preserved bodies are still available for researchers – and artists – to study in the country’s natural history museums. RTPI houses Roger Tory Peterson’s reference collection of bird skins – specimens Peterson used as ‘models’ for his field guide art to ensure accuracy. These so-called ‘study skins’ are not taxidermy mounts, prepared with their aesthetic value in mind, but rather scientific specimens that are prepared and preserved for longevity and scientific accuracy. In addition, RTPI is a licensed repository of bird casualties, such as window and car strikes. These local birds are preserved to hopefully help better understand the area’s bird fauna and are available for research and education purposes. On October 20th, RTPI director Twan Leenders will offer a workshop on the process of creating study skins. The public is welcome to observe this procedure, or to participate by producing their own study skin from one of the many bird casualties that have been donated to RTPI over time. The cost to observe Leenders’ demonstration is a $10 donation. Should you be interested in preparing a specimen of your own, the cost will be $25 and you will need to RSVP by 4pm on October 13th. Please call 716-665-2473 ext 227 if you have questions or to RSVP.

RTPI Nature Crafts at the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire
October 20th: 10am-4pm at SUNY Fredonia
The Fredonia Mini-Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, the Mini-Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Join RTPI for a day of creativity and fun! This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at https://fredonia.makerfaire.com/

Designers & Forests Workshop
October 26th: 10am-2pm 
Designers & Forests is an international collaborative that explores the relationship between rural communities and the forests that surround them, looking to find solutions to local problems. Design plays an important role in conservation efforts, helping to find new, lower impact, ways to deal with the natural environment. From product innovation to public outreach, design solutions help solve complex problems. Amongst other initiatives, Designers & Forests worked with artist Alberto Rey to design the Extinct Birds Project publication. Margaret Urban and Jason Dilworth, two of the members of Designers & Forests, will lead a workshop exploring ways to bring the wild into your backyard and discuss how Roger Tory Peterson could be considered one of conservation’s great designers. All skill levels welcome. Contact Jane Johnson (jjohnson AT rtpi.org or 716.665.2473 ext 228) for more information.

Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, My!
October 26th: 5:30pm-8:00pm
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History invites you to join us for “Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, my!” The Buffalo Zoo’s education department will be on site from 5:30-6:30pm with their “Zoo Mobile” to introduce guests to an array snakes, bats and spiders, and from 6:30 to 8:00 three knowledgeable and passionate local biologists, Twan Leenders, Becky Nystrom and Jonathan Townsend, will explore the causes and consequences of the common misconceptions surrounding these creatures that so many consider creepy. This seasonally appropriate event is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit! No tricks, just treats including a chance to meet live animals, fun facts about these misunderstood creatures, critter shaped cookies and apple cider. The cost to attend this program is $10 for adults, $2 for children (under 18), or $25 for a family.

Chadakoin River Walks; Explore Jamestown’s Wild Side!
October 31st: 9am-10am
Join RTPI President Twan Leenders and other area naturalists on a walk through the Chadakoin River outlet forest to discover birds, turtles, wildflowers, and other surprising flora and fauna that calls Jamestown home. Enjoy the Chadakoin River Walk system’s newest asset, a mile-long easily walkable and bikeable path along the river, in the company of expert nature guides. Join us to explore the city’s biological diversity that once inspired one of the world’s greatest naturalists, Roger Tory Peterson, learn about ongoing environmental conservation and education efforts, and be amazed! The walk will start at the Riverwalk parking area on W 8th Street, adjacent to the Resource Center and opposite McCrae Point park. This program is free and open to the public. Wear comfortable shoes and make sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.