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Roger Tory Peterson’s 100 Year Birthday Party

Kenn Speaking
RTPI Group for the Peterson festival!

This weekend the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) celebrated the 100th anniversary for the birth of Roger Tory Peterson with a big birding festival. RTPI had lined up a world series of speakers and had many participants for his celebration.

Kim and Kenn Kaufman with Young Naturalist J and Myself
Me, YN-J, Kim and Kenn Kaufman

The two main speakers for the four-day event included Pete Dunne and Kenn Kaufaman, who did the keynote addresses for Friday night and the Saturday night dinner. Other workshop leaders included Kim Kaufman, Lang Elliott, John Rappole, Scott Stoleson and Doug Carlson.

Kenn Kaufman
Kenn Kaufman was the Friday Night Speaker!

I was the leader for the Saturday bird banding fieldtrip while many other participants were visiting the Jamestown area where Roger Tory Peterson had once birded when he was young birder. I didn’t have the record banding session as I would liked for the festival but we did capture a few nice birds to share with everyone. Highlight was watching Young Naturalist J being bitten by the Northern Cardinal . . . . . ya ya I was bitten also!

Pete Dunne with Young Naturalist J and Myself
Me, Pete Dunne and YN-J

Our friend Barb (from My Bird Tales) decided to attend the fieldtrip over to my stomping grounds in “Allegany State Park”! She should be posting something soon about her festival adventure! I know that Young Naturalist J and I were very happy having the opportunity to meet her during this festival.

Pete Dunne - The Art of Pishing
Pete Dunne doing the “Art of Pishing” workshop!

After bird banding in the morning both Young Naturalist J and myself participated in the “Art of Pishing” workshop by Pete Dunne! Look, it was Barb sitting in the row in front of me and we had a few seconds to chat before we started doing our “pish pish pish pish (stuttering) pish pish pish”!

Pete Dunne Speaking
Pete Dunne was the Saturday Night Speaker!

They keynote speakers were both exceptional with Kenn Kaufman speaking Friday evening and Pete Dunne on Saturday evening. Kenn dazzled the participants with his humorous slide program introducing us to some of his new birding friendships that had formed over the years! Pete did a reading from something that he wrote about Roger after Mr. Peterson’s death. Although very touching his reading was . . . . it was also quite amusing! I couldn’t have thought of a more outstanding way to spend two evenings with so many of our great birding friends!

Lang Elliott with Young Naturalist J and Myself
Me, Lang Elliott and YN-J

If you happen to missed this birding festival . . . there are talks of making this an annual event and then you will be sure to have as much if not more fun as we had celebrating a 100 years of Roger Tory Peterson’s birth.

Northern Cardinal at RTPI
Northern Cardinal with RTPI in the background!

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9 responses

  1. What an awesome event. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    9 June 2009 at 6:07 am

  2. Pam

    What a way to celebrate his 100th birthday, Tom! This sounded like a great time. I thought you were already a great pisher!

    9 June 2009 at 6:09 am

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    Looks like a good time was had by all. YNJ is growing up right before our eyes. Is being around him making you feel old yet?? tee hee…

    9 June 2009 at 7:21 am

  4. Sounds like a great time was had by all!

    9 June 2009 at 7:48 am

  5. Sarah

    Bit of randomness; in the second picture you aren’t wearing a hat, I don’t think I have ever seen you without one on. Its kinda strange.

    9 June 2009 at 10:08 am

  6. What a great festival and celebration of Roger Tory Peterson’s accomplishments! It was great meeting you and the young naturalists – maybe someday one of them will be speaking 😉
    Awesome pictures of you guys with the ‘Bull birders’ 😉

    9 June 2009 at 10:19 am

  7. What a great way to spend the weekend.
    Peterson sure did lots for birds and birding!

    9 June 2009 at 9:07 pm

  8. The big centenial! Looks like a great event. Glad you had a great time.

    9 June 2009 at 9:58 pm

  9. Marg

    Sure go ahead make me more jealous of not attending!

    Looks fabulous-love all the shots

    It’s almost as good as being there!

    11 June 2009 at 12:34 pm

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