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An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Posted by on May 14, 2019

An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake; its nutrient-rich sediments provide a fertile growing bed for vegetation. Some of these plants are native to our area and provide critical ecological and environmental benefits, while others were introduced from distant locales and have been wreaking havoc on the ecological function, recreational and economic value of Chautauqua Lake. Surprisingly, some of the most prevalent invasives have been with us for decades already, while a steady stream of nearby or newly arriving species poses additional challenges to the future health of the lake....

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UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science collaborate to showcase Alberto Rey’s ‘Extinct Birds Project’.

Posted by on May 1, 2019

UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science collaborate to showcase Alberto Rey’s ‘Extinct Birds Project’.

March 24, 2019– UB Art Galleries and Buffalo Museum of Science are pleased to present Alberto Rey: Lost Beauty I and II, a two-part exhibition featuring new work by artist Alberto Rey. Alberto Rey: Lost Beauty I will be on view from June 8—August 18, 2019 at UB Anderson Gallery, with an opening reception, gallery talk & book signing on June 8 from 6-8pm. This exhibition will showcase Rey’s The Extinct Birds Project, including paintings and ceramics by Alberto Rey as well as extinct bird specimens, videos and audio recordings from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural...

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

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018

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 mounts, prepared with their aesthetic value in mind, but...

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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

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 attendees participated in conferences and field...

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RTPI’s Conservation Technician Attends Silviculture Workshop

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018

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 is used throughout New York and Pennsylvania to...

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