Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Antlion trap near ant tunnel entrances, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Black vultures on cabin barn, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Cattail at Miller Pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Great horned owl, photo by Al Francesconi
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Woolly bear caterpillar, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Yellow water lily flowering, main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Slender aster at main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Raccoons at Otter Dam, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Northern black racer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Northern cardinal, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is a protected natural habitat comprising 767 acres of pristine pine lands, forest, fields and bogs. 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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50th Anniversary Stories

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2011. Here are some stories of those who have been affected by Unexpected Wildlife Refuge and its founders.

Drawing of spider handing from web When nightfall comes he builds it anew;
That fabulous orb, bejeweled with dew.
As the spider's web, so the dream of man
Intricate, trembling, a breakable plan.
As each night falls he builds once more,
Stronger, firmer than ever before.
The night dew forms, the chill wind sighs,
His dream holds fast until he dies.

– Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci