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Meleagris gallopavo

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

Meleagris gallopavo

With the arrival of the holiday season, many folks will enjoy celebratory feasts with family and friends. The centerpiece for many merry meals 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 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 through a local field or...

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Corvids in Autumn

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017

Corvids in Autumn

This painting by Roger Tory Peterson depicts several corvid species. While you’re not likely to see Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) in the Northeastern United States, Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata), American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and Common Ravens (Corvus corax) can all be found here. Peterson created this image for the 1951 book “Birds of Newfoundland”, by Harold S. Peters and Thomas D. Burleigh of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Peters and Burleigh were commissioned by the Newfoundland government to write the book to be used as a reference in schools, as well as for...

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Birds; Eloquent Expressions of Life

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017

Birds; Eloquent Expressions of Life

Roger Tory Peterson once said; “Birds are eloquent expressions of life and vitality, and watching them makes you a bit more alive….” Judging by his remarkable artistic renditions of a multitude of avian species, artist Neil Rizos would wholeheartedly agree with this statement. The Canada Goose shown here – created with mixed media – is one of many beautiful pieces in RTPI’s current exhibition, “Neil Rizos; the Art of Exploration”. Don’t miss your chance to view this outstanding show while it’s here this fall. For more about the artist and his work, visit...

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Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors: Another Successful Year

In honor of Wild America Wednesday, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate another successful year of RTPI’s Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassadors Program! Beginning in 2015, PWA began with a small group of ambitious students ready to roll up their sleeves and get dirty as they got acquainted with the Chadakoin River and the surrounding urban ecosystem within the City of Jamestown. Fast-forward to 2017, our crew has grown as have as our projects. We hope you enjoy this selection of photos from the summer season as well as the report for this year’s program.      ...

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Roger Tory Peterson Takes Center Stage at RTPI

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

Roger Tory Peterson Takes Center Stage at RTPI

Roger Tory Peterson and his enduring legacy are now front and center at RTPI!  This remarkable sculpture of Peterson was created by the talented artist, Margret Joy Flinsch Buba (1904-1998). Visit us soon to view the diverse selection of items that are now on display from our special collections including many pieces of Peterson’s original...

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