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The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

News & Information at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Join us for an Evening of Entertainment Benefiting The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

A donation of $100 reserves your virtual place!

RESERVE HERE

Reservations are limited.

HOSTS OF THE EVENING: Mary Dangremond & Wil Bradford
With appearances by:
Governor Ned Lamont, Maryam Elahi, Rob Hernandez
Scientists: Tom Lovejoy, Alan Poole and Paul Spitzer
Special Presentation by Joe Standart
Special Guest: Eleanor Perkins Robinson
Event Chair: Tammy Hinckley

If you are unable to attend, but wish to support our Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in honor of Eleanor Perkins Robinson:

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Click here to donate any amount

Click here to pay tribute to Eleanor with a special photo and message

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Lester E. & Phyllis M. Foster Foundation
The Chaney Family Foundation
Pasta Vita
Norman Needleman & Jacqueline Hubbard
Pennywise Oil

Roger Tory Peterson® Estuary Center, PO Box 62, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Who We Are

At the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center we dedicate ourselves to future generations through experiential education and conservation of our land, waters and the species that inhabit them.

The future for RTPEC is bright and strong. As we move forward, we will implement the strategies we have learned, invest in our team and communities and continue to advocate for and protect our environment.

We believe that learning should be joyful. We are always focusing on innovating and believe in the programs we provide. We have high quality standards and that will continue. RTPEC hopes to launch new research programs based around the NERR, further expand our reach and develop meaningful partnerships as collaboration is a cornerstone of RTPEC. We have big goals and dreams and are grateful for your continued support. 

The RTPEC, named for internationally and locally renowned artist, scientific illustrator, environmental educator, and conservation advocate Roger Tory Peterson, is seeking to acquire land and a building to create an environmental education center.

 Click here to read about our team.

Job Opportunities

We’re looking for a part-time administrative assistant! More information on the position can be found here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for a way to get more involved with the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center? We are looking for volunteers!

Education: These volunteers would help to facilitate family and adult programs with our center. You could be involved in hikes, bird walks or crafting activities. These volunteers would benefit from a naturalist background.

Administration: We are looking for volunteers to greet people at our center. These greeters should be comfortable answering the phone and questions about our center. We also need help with tasks like correspondence and book-keeping. 

Get involved today by filling out our volunteer application form. We look forward to working with you!

Join us for an Evening of Entertainment Benefiting The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

A donation of $100 reserves your virtual place!

RESERVE HERE

Reservations are limited.

HOSTS OF THE EVENING: Mary Dangremond & Wil Bradford
With appearances by:
Governor Ned Lamont, Maryam Elahi, Rob Hernandez
Scientists: Tom Lovejoy, Alan Poole and Paul Spitzer
Special Presentation by Joe Standart
Special Guest: Eleanor Perkins Robinson
Event Chair: Tammy Hinckley

If you are unable to attend, but wish to support our Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in honor of Eleanor Perkins Robinson:

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Click here to donate any amount

Click here to pay tribute to Eleanor with a special photo and message

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Lester E. & Phyllis M. Foster Foundation
The Chaney Family Foundation
Pasta Vita
Norman Needleman & Jacqueline Hubbard
Pennywise Oil

Roger Tory Peterson® Estuary Center, PO Box 62, Old Lyme, CT 06371

A Word to Our Sponsors

Thank you from the entire RTPEC team!

As the recent pandemic has moved across our state and region, our first thoughts have been of family, friends and our supporters.  We realize that no one has been unaffected by the health and economic hardship that has been inflicted on our communities.

You have stood by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center and we want you to know how your support has affected our programs in this difficult and uncertain period of time.   For many, this has been difficult on many levels as the disease has known no boundaries and has affected everyone in some way or another.

Even as we have sheltered in place, many have found solace and comfort in the natural rhythms of nature and have discovered the renewal of the natural world as a healing balm, a distraction from concern, and an alternative to the four walls of home and home schooling.  Our parks, trails, and land trust properties have never been so appreciated. 

With our schools closed indefinitely, RTPEC teachers turned to the internet to continue instruction and we provided webinars on everything from backyard birding to pollinator gardens to our living shoreline.   We have reached beyond our region, across the state, and to residents even in other states with instructive material on how to live, understand and cherish the outdoor world. 

I am pleased to tell you that because of your support, we were able to be nimble and adapt quickly to the challenge of long distance and virtual learning for people of all ages.   Webinars, offered by our center, are interactive and have as many as 100 participants who are able to ask questions.   These now form the basis of a library of education programs that can be made available to schools, libraries, and community organizations. 

These last few weeks have been difficult for many of our friends and sponsors of the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center.  We want you to know that we have not forgotten you and, just as you, have been there to assist us, we here for you.  Over the days to come, we will be featuring our sponsors on our website in order to remind our followers of those in their community who have been supportive of our environmental education and community programs.  We realize this is a small gesture but, as the state prepares to once again resume economic activity, we hope this thank you to our friends will help in your recovery.

Again, we are grateful for your help when we needed it.

Alisha Milardo
Director
Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

For more information about our sponsors, click here

 

 

What to do with “abandoned” or “orphaned” birds

The best advice is to leave baby birds, like this Purple Martin, when you found them. Photo by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society

The CT DEEP has excellent advice for what to do if you find an “orphaned” bird. Click this link. Photo by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society

May 6, 2020 — Have you found an abandoned bird?

Birds and other wildlife that seem to be abandoned or orphaned at this time of year often are not actually abandoned orphaned.

The Connecticut DEEP has advice about what to do if you find a bird that you think is abandoned. There are several alternatives.

Click here to learn about them.

Please do not bring injured or orphaned animals to any Connecticut Audubon Society facility. Connecticut Audubon is not authorized to accept injured or abandoned animals.

But if it is obviously injured, it may need help. The CT DEEP has more information here about dealing with distressed wildlife.

 

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