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

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018

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 be joining the meeting to discuss the state 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

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 career. Now, a century later, our Youth Ambassadors...

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