'The Gift of Nature'

Book tells the story of how community-minded conservation and extraordinary biodiversity changed the landscape of Tuxedo Park


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  • On Nov. 15, Author Chiu Yin Hempel and Photographer Greg Miller will discuss their new book, Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature," as part of the Tuxedo Park Library's "Authors Circle." The event will take place at the Tuxedo Park Fire Department beginning at 3 p.m.




  • Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature, North American beaver, page 103.




  • Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature, Canada geese and goslings, page 102.




  • Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature, Orange sky over Tuxedo Park, pages 48 and 49.



TUXEDO PARK — On Sunday, Nov. 15, author Chiu Yin Hempel and photographer Greg Miller will discuss their new book, "Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature," as part of the Tuxedo Park Library’s Authors’ Circle. The event will take place at the Tuxedo Park Fire Department beginning at 3 p.m.

Tuxedo Park offers sanctuary to a diverse range of wildlife. Here, more than 450 species of trees and plants, 150 species of butterflies and moths and nearly 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians thrive. Its lakes and feeder streams teem with life year round.

A new book, "Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature" tells the story of the village’s diverse species and scenic beauty through more than 200 original color photographs. Many of the species living in Tuxedo Park are also found throughout Orange County.

On Nov. 15, Hempel and Miller will discuss their experiences and adventures creating the book. Area residents, nature and photography enthusiasts, conservationists and people who simply enjoy wildlife and history are welcome to attend. The presentation will be held at the Tuxedo Park Fire Department, which is located at 2 Contractors Road in Tuxedo Park.

National Register of Historic Places

Founded in 1886, Tuxedo Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nature in Tuxedo Park appears almost untouched by man. However, more than 100 years of conservation-minded community development has been responsible for the village's continued ecological health and unspoiled beauty.

While writing the book, Hempel worked closely with John C. Yrizarry, naturalist, author and wildlife artist who spent more than a decade compiling his Field Notes of natural species in Tuxedo Park.

“Tuxedo Park is a historically important, ecologically rich Shangri-La," Hempel said. "John showed me so many species, including some not easily found in the Hudson Valley region, such as purple trillium and the protected pileated woodpecker."

Essential information• The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com. This is the third volume in an illustrated trilogy about the historic community of Tuxedo Park. The other books are Tuxedo Park: Lives, Legacies, Legends and Tuxedo Park: The Historic Houses.

• The program is free but registration is required. To do so, send an email to the library at tuxpl@rcls.org or call 845-351-2207.

To learn more• Book web site: www.tuxedoparknature.com

• Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9cd8C6dAEk

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