RTPI Releases Calendar Of Summer Events

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History has released its calendar of summer events.

On Thursday, there will be an architecture tour. Led by Marlin Casker, this tour will highlight the influences, methods and materials utilized by architect Robert A.M. Stern, who designed the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. Free and open to the public, the event starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available, and donations will be accepted.

The Behind the Scenes Archive Tour with Twan Leenders, RTPI president, is July 25. Leenders will lead attendees through the Roger Tory Peterson Collections of artwork, photos, bird skins and more. The collection contains more than 100,000 items from Roger Tory Peterson’s life and career. It starts at 2 p.m.

“Life in Two Worlds: The Biology of Local Amphibians” will be led by Leenders at Bird Tree & Garden Club at Chautauqua on July 29. Leenders will discuss how local frog and salamander species rely on different bodies of water and explain how such habitat preferences have shaped these animals’ extremely variable and fascinating life histories. He will also take attendees on a journey to Thunder Bridge ravine to look for some real-life examples, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Aug. 8, the “In the Footsteps of Roger Tory Peterson” bus tour will be held. Participants will explore the places in Jamestown where Roger Tory Peterson became interested in birds and nature, and see why he always enjoyed coming back here. After the bus trip around town, they will stop for ice cream. This trip requires reservations, and is limited to 20 people. Cost is $10; call 665-2473 to sign up. The trip leaves from and returns to RTPI, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown.

The Artist’s Reception for Karen Allaben-Confer is Aug. 9. The renowned wildlife artist will open her exhibit in the RTPI gallery. Refreshments will be available, and the event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. The event runs from 5-7 p.m.

Led by Marlin Casker, an architecture tour will highlight the influences, methods and materials utilized by architect Robert A.M. Stern, who designed the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, at 2 p.m. Aug. 11.

Twice a year, RTPI invites the community to visit the institute free of charge. The summer open house is Aug. 24. Since the summer open house closely coincides with Roger Tory Peterson’s birthdate of Aug. 28, birthday cake is served in his honor. Authors Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie will be on hand to sign their newest book, “Legendary Locals of the Chautauqua Lake Region.” The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be refreshments and admission is free.

Smithsonian Museum Day is Sept. 28. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which more than 1,400 participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket for free. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ to download a free ticket for yourself and a friend. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RTPI also is showing a fossil of a Columbian mammoth excavated in Randolph and additional art from the life work of Roger Tory Peterson.

The Institute is located at 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown and is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 665-2473 or visit www.rtpi.org.