Tuxedo Park provides a sanctuary for more than 450 species of plants, some 150 species of butterflies and moths, and nearly 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. It is impossible, however, to provide an exhaustive listing of all living things: nature sows new seeds and summons new creatures just as quickly as it depletes, even destroys, existing life forms.
The following pages contain illustrated examples of many of the species found at the Race Track, an area measuring approximately 25 acres prized for being the heart of the village's biodiversity. Included also are fish found in the Tuxedo lakes.
The photographs in this section of the website have been sourced from the internet, with permission from the photographers, whose names appear alongside each image.
Organized alphabetically within each genre, the species have been compiled by Emily Bryk of Tuxedo Park School, using the following sources:
- Field Notes on Tuxedo Park and other records written by John C. Yrizarry, naturalist, author and wildlife artist, who has spent more than ten years observing and recording species in Tuxedo Park.
- Preliminary Reconnaissance and Biodiversity Assessment with Emphasis on Flora and Vegetation at the Tuxedo Park Race Track Site, prepared by J.G. Barbour, ecological consultant, for the Village of Tuxedo Park, October 2009.
- Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s Plant Stewardship Index: Site Report on Tuxedo Park's Race Track 2008-2013.