Bog turtle

Bog turtle - endangered in NY state

Golden-winged warbler

Golden-winged warbler - species of special concern in NY state

Floodplain forest/wetland

Floodplain forests and wetlands are important habitat for wildlife

Indiana bat

The federally endangered Indiana bat

Jefferson salamander

Jefferson salamander

Biodiversity & Habitat

The Hudson River Valley and Dutchess County are blessed with extremely rich biodiversity, defined as the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or the entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems. It is extremely important to protect our rich biodiversity, because it provides numerous benefits to humans and our environment, including maintaining clean and abundant drinking water supplies and healthy air quality, providing economic benefits of tourism and recreation, and improving our overall quality of life.


Sean Carroll
Senior GIS / Environmental Educator
(845) 677-8223 x 147

Last updated January 7, 2016