Roger Tory Peterson Area
56 Acres • Old Lyme, CT
Partners: The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Drawing on inspiration to preserve land
What better tribute to a world-renowned bird expert, author, artist, and wildlife conservationist than to forever protect his land for migratory birds.
Roger Tory Peterson, a longtime resident of Old Lyme, brought the magic of birds to life through his extensive observations and drawings — much of which was accomplished on his property near the Lieutenant River, within the Connecticut River watershed.
The property serves as a migratory bird stopover and nesting habitat as part of the Connecticut River flyway corridor. Purchased by The Nature Conservancy, with significant funding from the Gateway Commission, the property is now part of the larger Silvio O. Conte Fish & Wildlife Refuge.
The preserve offers beautiful views of the area and is open to the public for nature enjoyment.