JAMESTOWN – Two area non-profit organizations with a history of cooperation, common goals and a shared linkage to Jamestown’s famous naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson, have begun exploratory conversations about expanded collaborations.
A task force comprised of board leadership and the presidents of the Jamestown Audubon Society (JAS) and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) have met to assess the desirability and feasibility of new program collaborations and the potential for consolidation of some administrative functions.
Reflecting the accomplishments of Roger Tory Peterson, both organizations have as a core goal to connect human beings with the natural world.
Both organizations have weathered the headwinds of the recent national recession and have emerged with reduced staffs and increasing financial stability. Both rely on grants and donations from foundations and private citizens. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation holds donor designated funds for both organizations from gifts and estates of local residents.
The task force will continue to meet throughout the coming months and will report from time to time on its progress. For more information about each organization, the public is encouraged to visit the websites jamestownaudubon.org and rtpi.org.