Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, co-founder, and beaver kits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Male bufflehead in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Flying squirrels, photo by Al Francesconi
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Gray catbird eating dogwood berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Indian pipe, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Miller pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Otter, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
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Red-spotted purple butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Rusty blackbird eating berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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White-tailed deer in main pond, 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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Species of Animals Living at the Refuge*

All the animals listed have been identified at the Refuge. Photographs are of those as seen at various locations in our habitat. This is an ongoing project and this page will be updated as new sightings or photographs become available.

Where relevant, we have provided other names used for the same species of animal for ease of identification.

In some cases, where we cannot identify a particular species, we have used the names commonly used. If you recognize a species in these cases, and can provide proof, we will revise the name and references accordingly.


Amphibians:

American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Rana catesbeiana

American bullfrog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American bullfrog
American bullfrog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American bullfrog
American bullfrog in Muddy Bog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American bullfrog
Muddy Bog
American bullfrog in Muddy Bog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American bullfrog
Muddy Bog

Fowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)

Fowler's toad, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Fowler's toad
Fowler's toad, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Fowler's toad
Fowler's toad baby, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Fowler's toad baby

Gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor)

common gray treefrog, eastern gray treefrog, tetraploid gray treefrog

Gray tree frog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Gray tree frog
Gray tree frog, photo by Al Francesconi
Gray tree frog
Al Francesconi
Gray tree frog, photo by Ed Abbot
Gray tree frog
Ed Abbot

Green frog (Lithobates clamitans)

Rana clamitans

Green frog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Green frog
Green frog, photo by Dave Sauder
Green frog
Dave Sauder

New Jersey chorus frog (Pseudacris kalmi)


Northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans)

Northern cricket frog calling on lily pad, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern cricket frog
Northern cricket frog calling on lily pad, photo by Cliff Compton
Northern cricket frog
Cliff Compton
Northern cricket frog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern cricket frog
Northern cricket frog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern cricket frog

Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens)

Rana pipiens

Northern leopard frog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern leopard frog
Northern leopard frog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern leopard frog

Pine Barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii)

Pine Barrens tree frog, photo by Bob Birdsall
Pine Barrens tree frog
Bob Birdsall

Spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Spring peeper, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spring peeper

Wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Rana sylvatica


Arachnids:

Chigger

aouta, berry bug, harvest mite, red bug, scrub-itch mite


Funnel-web spider

Funnel-web spider web, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Funnel-web spider web
Funnel-web spider web, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Funnel-web spider web

Orb-weaver spider

Orb-weaver spider, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Orb-weaver spider
Orb-weaver spider web, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Orb-weaver spider web

Spider

Spider, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spider
Spider, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spider
Spider, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spider

Tick


Birds:

American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)


American black duck (Anas rubripes)

American black duck, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American black duck
American black duck, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American black duck

American cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)


American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

eastern goldfinch

American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)


American kestrel (Falco sparverius)

sparrow hawk

Juvenile American kestrel, photo by Al Francesconi
American kestrel juvenile
Al Francesconi

American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)


American robin (Turdus migratorius)

American robin, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American robin

American woodcock (Scolopax minor)

timberdoodle


American yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia)


Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bald eagle, main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bald eagle
Bald eagle, main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bald eagle
Bald eagles, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bald eagles
Bald eagle juvenile, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bald eagle juvenile

Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)

Baltimore oriole, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Baltimore oriole

Bank swallow (Riparia riparia)

sand martin


Barn owl (Tyto alba)

common barn owl


Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)


Barred owl (Strix varia)

hoot owl, northern barred owl

Barred owl, photo by Bernie Hehl
Barred owl
Bernie Hehl
Barred owl, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Barred owl

Belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted kingfisher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Belted kingfisher
Belted kingfisher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Belted kingfisher
Belted kingfisher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Belted kingfisher

Black-and-white warbler (Mniotilta varia)

Black-and-white warbler, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Black-and-white warbler
Black-and-white warbler, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Black-and-white warbler

Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)


Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

black-capped night heron


Black-throated blue warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)


Blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Blue-gray gnatcatcher and babies, photo by Ray Davis
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Ray Davis
Blue-gray gnatcatcher and babies, photo by Ray Davis
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Ray Davis

Blue grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)


Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue jay, photo by Al Francesconi
Blue jay
Al Francesconi

Brown creeper (Certhia americana)

American treecreeper


Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)


Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Brown thrasher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Brown thrasher
Brown thrasher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Brown thrasher
Brown thrasher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Brown thrasher

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Bufflehead, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bufflehead

Canada goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada geese in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Canada geese
Canada geese in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Canada geese
Canada geese family in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Canada geese family
Canada geese on frozen main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Canada geese

Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

Carolina chickadee, photo by Al Francesconi
Carolina chickadee
Al Francesconi
Carolina chickadee, photo by Al Francesconi
Carolina chickadee
Al Francesconi
Carolina chickadee, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Carolina chickadee
Carolina chickadee nest with eggs, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Carolina chickadee nest

Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

Carolina wren, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Carolina wren

Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)


Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina)


Common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)


Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

bronzed grackle

Common grackle, red-winged blackbirds and starlings, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Common grackles (others)
Common grackle and red-winged blackbirds, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Common grackles (others)

Common loon (Gavia immer)

great northern diver


Common merganser (Mergus merganser)


Common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)


Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

pheasant, ring-necked pheasant


Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

European starling, starling

Common starlings, grackles and red-winged blackbirds, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Common starlings, others

Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Common yellowthroat, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Common yellowthroat

Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

big blue darter, chicken hawk, flying cross, hen hawk, quail hawk, striker, swift hawk

Cooper's hawk, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Cooper's hawk

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)

slate-colored junco

Dark-eyed junco, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Dark-eyed junco

Downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Downy woodpecker, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Downy woodpecker

Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)


Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern kingbird babies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern kingbird babies

Eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Eastern phoebes, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern phoebes

Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern screech owl, photo by Al Francesconi
Eastern screech owl
Al Francesconi
Eastern screech owl, photo by Al Francesconi
Eastern screech owl
Al Francesconi

Eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Eastern towhee, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern towhee
Eastern towhee, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern towhee
Eastern towhee, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern towhee

Eastern whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus)


Eastern wood pewee (Contopus virens)


Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus)

German sparrow, tree sparrow


Evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)


Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla)


Fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Fox sparrow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Fox sparrow
Fox sparrow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Fox sparrow

Golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa)


Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

grey catbird, slate-colored mockingbird

Gray catbird, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Gray catbird
Gray catbird in dogwood tree, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Gray catbird

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)

Great blue heron main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great blue heron
Great blue heron main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great blue heron
Great blue heron main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great blue heron
Great blue herons in tree, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great blue herons

Great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

Great crested flycatcher, photo by Ray Davis
Great crested flycatcher
Ray Davis

Great egret (Ardea alba)

common egret, great white egret, great white heron, large egret

Great egret in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great egret
Great egret over main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great egret
Great egret over main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great egret
Great egrets, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Great egrets

Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)

hoot owl, tiger owl

Great horned owl, photo by Al Francesconi
Great horned owl
Al Francesconi
Juvenile great horned owl, photo by Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, Refuge co-founder
Great horned owl
Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci

Green heron (Butorides virescens)


Green-winged teal (Anas carolinensis)

Anas crecca carolinensis

Male green-winged teal main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Green-winged teal (male)

Hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)


Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus)


Hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Hooded merganser female, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Hooded merganser female
Hooded merganser male, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Hooded merganser male
Hooded mergansers, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Hooded mergansers
Hooded mergansers taking flight, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Hooded mergansers

Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris)

shore lark


House sparrow (Passer domesticus)


House wren (Troglodytes aedon)


Indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea)


Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)


King rail (Rallus elegans)


Least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)


Lesser scaup (Aythya affinis)

broadbill, little bluebill

Lesser scaups main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Lesser scaups

Louisiana waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)


Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallards, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Mallards
Mallards with Canada geese in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Mallards (foreground)
Mallards with Canada geese in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Mallards (background)

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

pigeon hawk


Mute swan (Cygnus olor)

Mute swan, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Mute swan

Myrtle warbler (Setophaga coronata coronata)


Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)

bobwhite quail, Virginia quail


Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

cardinal, common cardinal, redbird

Northern cardinal, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal nest, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern cardinal nest

Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)

clape, gaffer woodpecker, gawker bird, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, yellowhammer


Northern harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Circus cyaneus hudsonius

marsh hawk


Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)


Northern pintail (Anas acuta)

pintail


Northern rough-winged swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)


Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus)


Northern shrike (Lanius borealis)


Orchard oriole (Icterus spurius)


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

fish hawk, river hawk, sea hawk, western osprey

Osprey, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Osprey
Osprey, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Osprey
Osprey, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Osprey

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)


Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

American dabchick, Carolina grebe, dabchick, devil-diver, dipper, dive-dapper, hell-diver, pied-bill, pied-billed dabchick, thick-billed grebe, water witch


Pine siskin (Spinus pinus)


Pine warbler (Setophaga pinus)


Prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor)


Prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea)


Purple martin (Progne subis)


Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-bellied woodpecker, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)


Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus)


Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)


Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

chickenhawk, red-tail

Red-tailed hawk, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-tailed hawk

Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Male red-winged blackbird, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-winged blackbird (male)
Male red-winged blackbird, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-winged blackbird (male)
Female red-winged blackbirds and grackles, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-winged females, others

Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)


Ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris)

Ring-necked ducks main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ring-necked ducks
Ring-necked ducks main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ring-necked ducks
Male ring-necked duck main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ring-necked duck (male)

Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)


Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)


Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Ruby-throated hummingbird, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

Ruffed grouse drumming, photo by Ed Abbott
Ruffed grouse
Ed Abbott
Ruffed grouse drumming, photo by Ed Abbott
Ruffed grouse
Ed Abbott
Ruffed grouse drumming, photo by Ed Abbott
Ruffed grouse
Ed Abbott
Ruffed grouse drumming, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ruffed grouse

Rusty blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)

Rusty blackbird eating berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Rusty blackbird

Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea)


Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus)


Snow goose (Anser caerulescens)


Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song sparrow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Song sparrow

Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularius)


Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Tree swallow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Tree swallow

Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Tufted titmouse, photo by Al Francesconi
Tufted titmouse
Al Francesconi
Tufted titmouse, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Tufted titmouse
Tufted titmouse, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Tufted titmouse

Tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus)

whistling swan


Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)

buzzard, carrion crow, John crow, turkey buzzard

Turkey vultures, photo by Dave Sauder
Turkey vultures
Dave Sauder
Turkey vulture, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Turkey vulture

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)

tawny thrush, Wilson's thrush


Vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)


Virginia rail (Rallus limicola)


Warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus)


White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted nuthatch, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
White-breasted nuthatch

White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)


White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus)


White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

White-throated sparrow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
White-throated sparrow
White-throated sparrow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
White-throated sparrow

Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Male wild turkeys, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Wild turkeys (male)
Wild turkeys, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Wild turkeys
Female wild turkey, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Wild turkey (female)
Female wild turkey in tree, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Wild turkey (female)

Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata)


Winter wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)


Wood duck (Aix sponsa)

Carolina duck

Male wood duck, photo by Bernie Hall
Wood duck (male)
Bernie Hall
Male wood duck, photo by Ed Abbott
Wood duck (male)
Ed Abbott
Male wood duck, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Wood duck (male)
Wood duck babies main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Wood duck babies

Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)

Wood thrush, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Wood thrush

Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)


Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

rain crow, storm crow


Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)

Yellow-rumped warbler, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Yellow-rumped warbler

Crustaceans:

Crayfish

crawdads, crawfish, crawldads, crawlfish, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, yabbies

Crayfish, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Crayfish

Fish:

Northern pike (Esox lucius)

pike


Perch (Perca)


Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)

common sunfish, kivver, pond perch, punkys, sunfish, sunny

Pumpkinseed and nest, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Pumpkinseed and nest

Gastropods:

Snail

Snail, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Snail

Insects:

Antlion

antlion lacewings, doodlebugs


Bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

bald hornet, blackjacket, bull wasp, spruce wasp, white-faced hornet, white-tailed hornet

Bald-faced hornet and nest, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bald-faced hornet

Bumblebee (Bombus)

bumble bee, bumble-bee, humble-bee

Bumblebee, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bumblebee
Bumblebees, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Bumblebees

Buttercup oil beetle (Meloe americanus)

Buttercup oil beetle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Buttercup oil beetle

Cicada

Cicada, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Cicada

Common walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata)

northern walkingstick

Common walkingstick, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Common walkingstick

Deer fly (Chrysops)


Dragonfly

Dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Dragonfly
Dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Dragonfly
Dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Dragonfly
Dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Dragonfly

Ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

black-winged damselfly

Ebony jewelwing, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ebony jewelwing

Grasshopper

Grasshopper among wool grass, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Grasshopper
Grasshopper main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Grasshopper

Horse-fly

gadfly


Mosquito


Katydid

bush cricket, long-horned grasshopper

Katydid, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Katydid
Katydid, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Katydid
Katydid, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Katydid

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

black veined brown, common tiger, milkweed, monarch, wanderer

Monarch butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Monarch butterfly

Mud dauber


Paper wasp (Polistes)

Paper wasps, photo by Dave Sauder
Paper wasps
Dave Sauder
Paper wasps, photo by Dave Sauder
Paper wasps
Dave Sauder

Pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Pearl crescent butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Pearl crescent
Pearl crescent butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Pearl crescent

Potter wasp

mason wasp

Potter wasp nest, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Potter wasp nest

Red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis)

white admiral

Red-spotted purple butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-spotted purple
Red-spotted purple butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red-spotted purple

Red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

cow ant, cow killer, eastern velvet ant

Red velvet ant female, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red velvet ant female

Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

green-clouded butterfly

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spicebush swallowtail
Spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar
Spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar
Spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)

Spring azure butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Spring azure

Turbulent phosphila (Phosphila turbulenta)

cutworm, dart moth

Turbulent phosphila caterpillar, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Turbulent phosphila caterpillar

Lizards:

Eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)

fence swift, gray lizard, horn-billed lizard, northern fence lizard, pine lizard, prairie lizard


Ground skink (Scincella lateralis)

little brown skink


Mammals:

American mink (Neovison vison)


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

chickarees, North American red squirrels, pine squirrels

American red squirrel, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
American red squirrel

Deer mouse (Peromyscus)


Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)


Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Eastern cottontail rabbit, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern cottontail rabbit
Eastern cottontail rabbit, photo by Bob Repenning
Eastern cottontail rabbit
Bob Repenning
Eastern cottontail rabbit baby, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern cottontail rabbit baby
Eastern cottontail rabbit babies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern cottontail rabbit babies

Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

grey squirrel

Eastern gray squirrel, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Eastern gray squirrel
Eastern gray squirrel, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Eastern gray squirrel
Eastern gray squirrel, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Eastern gray squirrel

Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)


Groundhog (Marmota monax)

Canada marmot, chuck, groundpig, monax, moonack, red monk, thickwood badger, weenusk, whistlepig, whistler, wood-shock, woodchuck


Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)

little brown myotis

Little brown bat, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Little brown bat

Long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata)

big stoat, bridled weasel


Meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)

field mouse, meadow mouse


Mole


Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

Muskrat, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Muskrat

North American beaver (Castor canadensis)

North American beaver, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
North American beaver
North American beaver, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
North American beaver
North American beaver, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
North American beaver
North American beaver, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
North American beaver

North American opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

possum, Virginia opossum

North American opossum, photo by Cavit Buyukmihci, Refuge co-founder
North American opossum
Cavit Buyukmihci

North American river otter (Lontra canadensis)

common otter, northern river otter

North American river otter, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
North American river otter

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon, racoon

Raccoons, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Raccoons
Raccoon, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Raccoon
Raccoon babies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Raccoon babies
Raccoon, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Raccoon

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Red fox, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Red fox
Red fox, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Red fox
Red fox, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Red fox
Red fox den, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Red fox den

Shrew


Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans)

assapan

Southern flying squirrel, photo by Al Francesconi
Southern flying squirrel
Southern flying squirrel, photo by Al Francesconi
Southern flying squirrel
Southern flying squirrel, photo by Al Francesconi
Southern flying squirrel

Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

black-tailed skunk, common skunk, Hudsonian skunk, northern skunk, prairie polecat

Striped skunk, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Striped skunk, baby
Striped skunk, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Striped skunk, baby
Striped skunk, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
Striped skunk, babies

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Virginia deer, whitetail

White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
White-tailed deer

Reptiles:

Black rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus)

black snake, pilot black snake, western rat snake

Black rat snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Black rat snake
Black rat snake, shedding imminent, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Black rat snake
shedding imminent

Common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)

eastern musk turtle, stinkpot


Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Common snapping turtle, photo by Lorraine Marozzi
Common snapping turtle

Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Eastern box turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern box turtle
Eastern box turtle, photo by Chris Tlapa
Eastern box turtle
Chris Tlapa

Eastern hog-nosed snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

common hog-nosed snake, eastern hognose snake, hog-nosed snake, North American hog-nosed snake

Eastern hog-nosed snake, photo by Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, Refuge co-founder
Eastern hog-nosed snake
Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci
Eastern hog-nosed snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern hog-nosed snake
Eastern hog-nosed snake baby, photo by Al Francesconi
Eastern hog-nosed snake baby
Al Francesconi
Eastern hog-nosed snake, photo by Al Francesconi
Eastern hog-nosed snake & toad
Al Francesconi

Eastern kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)

chain kingsnake, common kingsnake


Eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

common mud turtle

Eastern mud turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern mud turtle
Eastern mud turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern mud turtle
Eastern mud turtle hole, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern mud turtle hole

Eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Eastern painted turtles, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern painted turtles
Eastern painted turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern painted turtle
Eastern painted turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern painted turtle
Eastern painted turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern painted turtle

Eastern worm snake (Carphophis amoenus amoenus)

Eastern worm snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Eastern worm snake

Garter snake (Thamnophis)


Northern black racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor)

black racer, eastern racer

Northern black racer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern black racer

Northern red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris)

American red-bellied turtle, Northern red-bellied cooter

Northern red-bellied turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern red-bellied turtle
Northern red-bellied turtle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern red-bellied turtle
Northern red-bellied turtles, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern red-bellied turtles

Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon)

banded water snake, black water adder, black water snake, brown water snake, common water snake, common northern water snake, eastern water snake, North American water snake, northern banded water snake, northern water snake, spotted water snake, streaked snake, water pilot, water snake

Northern water snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern water snake
Northern water snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern water snake
Northern water snake baby, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Northern water snake baby

Pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus)

Pine snakes hatching, photo by Al Francesconi
Pine snakes hatching
Al Francesconi

Ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus)


Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)

ringneck snake

Ring-necked snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Ring-necked snake

Rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus)

grass snake, green grass snake


Spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata)


Timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

banded rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake

Timber rattlesnake, photo by Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, Refuge co-founder
Timber rattlesnake
Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci

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