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Origins of the Holiday Turkey

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018

Origins of the Holiday Turkey

With the holidays fast approaching, many folks are beginning to plan their requisite feasts with family and friends. The centerpiece for many a merry meal will undoubtedly be a turkey; indeed, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys on Thanksgiving and about half as many on Christmas. Given that the average American consumes over 15 pounds of turkey each year, I thought it would be interesting to briefly explore the natural history of this ubiquitous bird. The domestic turkey that you buy in the grocery store is the same species as the wild turkeys that you might see strutting...

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The Nature of Halloween

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018

The Nature of Halloween

This article by Dr. Scott Shalaway originally appeared in the Post-Journal on October 29th,2016. I thought it was a perfect piece to share given we are hosting a program on snakes, spiders and bats this week! Learn more about “Snakes, Spiders and Bats! Oh, My!” this Friday, October 26th. THE NATURE OF HALLOWEEN Halloween, as I recall, was a day for friends to scare each other with nature’s creepy crawlies – spiders, snakes and bats. And often those fears lasted a lifetime. We all know people who recoil at the sight of these critters. Spiders are probably the most notorious of the...

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RTPI will host Lawn of the Dead! Landscape Design Workshop October 26th

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018

RTPI will host Lawn of the Dead! Landscape Design Workshop  October 26th

(RTPI) invites you to Lawn of the Dead! on Friday, October 26th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  It has been said that if you compared the average American lawn to a desert, the desert would win easily with much greater life and species diversity.  Keeping up a lawn is both a chore for you and harmful to all flora and fauna in the area.   This special landscape design workshop will help you learn how to make your yard a haven for native and migrating wildlife.  You will discover how your landscape choices as a homeowner can improve the health of our communities and provide essential pollinator...

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RTPI to host: Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, My!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018

RTPI to host: Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, My!

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History invites you to join us for “Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, my!” on Friday, October 26th from 5:30-8:00 pm.  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...

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

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018

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 publication, that accompanies the exhibition, is a...

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