RTPI Hosts Reception For New Extinct Birds Project Exhibit

Alberto Rey, SUNY Fredonia art professor; Tory Irgang, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director; and Twan Leenders, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History executive director.

On August 17, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition, The Extinct Birds Project.

According to Twan Leenders, RTPI executive director, the project is a collaboration between Alberto Rey and Jason Dilworth and examines collecting practices, causes for extinction and the politics of categorizing endangered species.

“(This exhibit) also includes specific information about 18 extinct bird specimens and their collectors, as well as, an overview of our status as we stand on the brink of the next mass extinction period,” Leenders said.

Rey, a distinguished art professor at the State University at Fredonia, has been involved in environmental art for the past 20 years. Dilworth is an environmentally-conscious graphic designer who teaches graphic design and typography at SUNY Fredonia.

Rey and Dilworth have collaborated on several projects and are currently working with the United States Forest Service and RTPI to document the good work begin done by communities in New Mexico to protect the national forests.

RTPI is the premiere venue for The Extinct Birds Project and accompanying book. It will be available to the public until Dec. 5.

A grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund supported bringing the exhibit to RTPI.