Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was born in Jamestown, New York in 1908. He is known well known for his field guides to wildlife. He published his first guide to birds in 1934 and invented a system of field identification.

His guides have since included insects, mushrooms, and more than fifty living species. He is credited with bringing an awareness of the natural world to the general public and is well known as an artist, author, and naturalist.

He was awarded twenty-two honorary doctorates, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. His work is preserved and continued by the institute that bears his name in Jamestown New York.