The plant and animal species that occur in the Adirondacks are diverse and varied unlike anywhere else in the northeast. The mosaic of temperate forest and boreal forest found in the region provides a unique ecological condition. The diversity of plant community types provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species ranging from mice to moose, butterflies to bats, and daphnia to dragonflies. An array of communities thatincludes open river floodplains, sphagnum bogs, large wetlands, agricultural fields, northern hardwood forest, conifer forests and rock outcrops ensures a wealth of plant and animal diversity. The Adirondack Park’s large, protected, rural, and wild character has allowed for the persistence of almost all native species and the natural return of several others.