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September 06, 2014

Son of Roger Tory Peterson to speak Saturday

Free lecture presented by Lee Peterson at 5:30

Part of 80th Anniversary Celebration!
Arrive early for complimentary piece of birthday cake at 5 pm

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary welcomes Lee Peterson on September 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center for a free presentation about his father, the late Roger Tory Peterson, the famed ornithologist and founding board member at Hawk Mountain.

Peterson's lecture will focus on his father’s early years and influences, the process of creating his Field Guide to the Birds, and its impact on the American Conservation Movement.

Roger Tory Peterson was a 20th century naturalist known for his illustrations of the natural world. His A Field Guide to the Birds was published in 1934, the same year as the founding of Hawk Mountain, and sparked an immediate interest in both birding and nature. The book quickly grew into one of the most successful series of U.S. nature guides of all time. In 1984, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York. It preserves Peterson’s work, including his drawings, paintings, and writings. 

Peterson’s youngest son, Lee Allen Peterson, continues to work on Peterson field guides and is the author of his own A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants. He lives with his wife Courtney on a farm near Philadelphia where the two also founded Courtney Design, a studio where they create single and mixed metal jewelry using nature themes.

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs. Visit www.hawkmountain.org to learn more.

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