Dr. Twan Leenders "Eden in our Backyard – how Jamestown’s Urban Nature Inspired Naturalists the World Over.”  

  • ST. Lukes Episcopal Church 410 North Main Street Jamestown, NY, 14701 United States

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 at 7 PM

Twan Leenders, conservation biologist and President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, will share some of Peterson’s Jamestown history and highlight the current state of the city’s "green" side. Although it may not look it on the surface, the urban environment of Jamestown harbors a surprising variety of flora and fauna – including a range of at-risk species that are declining nationwide.   

In the early 1900s, the young Roger Tory Peterson saw these fascinating glimpses of life in the parks of his neighborhood, in the Chadakoin River, and in the woods and farm fields surrounding Jamestown. His explorations and discoveries in the greater Jamestown area became the inspiration for his illustrious naturalist career. Few people have played as important of a role as Peterson in making backyard nature – regardless of where your backyard may be – accessible and understandable to the people. His books, and other volumes in the Peterson Field Guide Series, have inspired and educated millions of people and many people still have a trusty bird book or plant guide on their window sill. 

Jamestown’s urban nature is ever present, if you know where and how to look. The city’s native plants and animals are as fascinating, and possibly even more important now than they were in Peterson’s days.