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National Bird Feeding Month

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

National Bird Feeding Month

February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day – that time of year when those of us living in temperate climates turn our attention to a furry brown marmot awaiting its “prediction” as to whether or not winter weather will persist for another six weeks. But did you know that February is also National Wild Bird Feeding Month? Putting up a bird feeder in your backyard can be an entertaining and educational way to pass the time while winter persists, and it will help keep our feathered friends fed until their spring food resources emerge. Want to know what the most common feeder birds are and how to attract...

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Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which is devastating Hemlock trees throughout much of the Eastern United States. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to our area, and early detection of HWA is crucial to effectively managing its spread. This winter season we are once again conducting a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside conservationists from RTPI, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College to monitor for the presence of this invasive pest. Want to get...

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Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018

Artist Dale Weiler Continues to Support RTPI Through Sales of Bronze Owl Sculpture

We are very excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with artist Dale Weiler to raise funds for RTPI! Learn more about this partnership here: http://weilerwoodsforwildlife.com/conservation_initiat/roger-tory-peterson-institute/ As you may recall, Weiler produced this limited edition bronze snowy owl sculpture in 2017. The bronze, entitled “Elevated Perspective”, is a 9-inch rendering of a snowy owl, one of Roger Tory Peterson’s favorite species to paint and the icon for RTPI. Dale spent over a month creating the original sculpture from snowy alabaster to capture the subtle...

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RTPI Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018

RTPI Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

RTPI welcomed Joni Blackman as their new Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the turn of the New Year. A longtime resident of the Jamestown area, Joni has over 30 years’ experience in leading and managing not-for-profit organizations. She served as executive director of the Fenton History Center for 14 years and is currently board president of the James Prendergast Library Association. Joni has also served on the board of the Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theatre, Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureau, Reachout Ministries, Inc., and her current community involvement includes future...

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Short-eared Owl Camouflage

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

Short-eared Owl Camouflage

I can’t understand why the Short-eared Owl has this plumage…it’s really tough to tell from these photos! You can also see the bird did not enjoy yesterday’s late afternoon snow, sleet, rain mix. I’m glad so many people have been coming by to enjoy watching our occasional owl at Stratford Point, and most are being very kind and respectful. Please keep it up! Stay on our trails and keep your distance while letting the owl hunt and fly around. It may end up providing terrific views if you stand in place considering how active it is at certain (varying) times. Scott...

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