Roger Torrey Peterson, one of the world's foremost naturalists, was born August 28, 1908 in Jamestown, New York. As is often the case, an influential teacher leads a boy away from crime and into a new future. Peterson's seventh grade teacher encouraged his class to join the Junior Audubon Club. His enthusiasm for birds was captivating, and almost overnight Peterson was completely immersed in their world. Not content with passively observing birds, Peterson became eager to identify each species. He started with field sketches and soon after decided to pursue a career as an artist.