Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Four-banded stink bug hunter wasp, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Half moon over main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern painted turtles in Miller Pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Great blue heron in Miller Pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Miller Pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Red-legged buprestis at Headquarters, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Groundhog at Headquarters, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Amanita mushroom at Miller House, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Pond water-starwort in Boundary Trail swamp, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is a protected natural habitat comprising 767 acres of pristine pine lands, forest, fields, bogs, streams and lakes. It provides a refuge to animals and plants indigenous to southern New Jersey; a place where wildlife can live freely and naturally without fear of being harmed at the hands of human beings. We began as the home of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, who dedicated their land to habitat preservation so that native wildlife and habitat could thrive. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity, federal ID 23-7025010.
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Beaver Tales from Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, April 2020

During these unsettling and worrying times, with travel restrictions and 'lock downs', most of us are unable to venture out to enjoy nature and wildlife. As spring gets under way, we encourage you to celebrate wildlife by visiting our Web site to enjoy some of the wonderful and captivating photographs and video footage of the many wild animals (and plants) living at the Refuge. We have included many more photos since the last newsletter and have provided the option of viewing them by categories. Some of the animal photos, captured via our trail cameras, show beavers, deer, mink, otters and wild turkeys carrying on with their lives – 'business' as usual.

In this newsletter, we provide an update on the construction of our new headquarters; the action you can take to help wildlife in New Jersey and elsewhere and snapshots of the amazing wildlife for whom we are privileged to provide a protected home.

We appreciate that this is a difficult and challenging time for many people and we – and the wildlife – are grateful for your continued support.

We wish you the best in the coming weeks and months and hope you will find a way to enjoy wildlife while staying safe!