“Meet Your Neighbours”

One of the many projects the Roger Tory Peterson Institute has contributed to is the Meet Your Neighbours photography initiative. This project was founded by Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt in 2009, and was intended to help reconnect people to nature through the use of eye-catching photography.

What makes the Meet Your Neighbours project unique is the use of a field studio with a well-lit white background. The individual being photographed is shown separated from other plants, animals, and the landscape. This method really brings out the details that makes each specimen unique. Giving the viewer the ability to focus on each individual is a truly powerful way to create interest and awareness about the species being shown.

This approach of appreciating the wildlife that is around us everyday is mirrored in the goals of Project Wild America, so it is a natural fit to include these images and information. We hope you enjoy learning about these species just as much as we enjoying observing them!

Contributors to RTPI’s Meet Your Neighbours initiative include Twan Leenders, Elyse Henshaw, Scott Kruitbosch, Sean Graesser, Heather Zimba, and Adolf Zollinger.

Local Species:

White Trillium

Northern Brown Snake

Shadow Darner

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Northern Leopard Frog

Blue-Spotted Salamander

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Goldfinch

Magnolia Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

Common Green Darner

American Goldfinches

Red-Breasted Grosbeak

Assorted Dragonflies

Eastern Box Turtle

Pink Lady’s Slipper

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle

Other Species of Interest:

Freshwater Crab

Green Kingfisher

Ghost Glass Frog

Limosa Harlequin Frog