Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Canada geese on beaver lodge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Northern water snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Lily of the valley, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Harlequin darner, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Rough green snakes, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern painted turtle laying eggs, photo by Dave Sauder
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White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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American bullfrog, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beaver scent mound, 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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Eagle Scout Project Ideas

Eagle Scouts have had a long history in helping the Refuge. You can read about some of the past Scouts and their accomplishments.

For more information, contact us by E-mail manager@unexpectedwildliferefuge.org or telephone 856.697.3541.

Boardwalk construction and documentation

Trails for Refuge access

Artificial nest boxes

Observation area construction

Reconstruction of wooden platform at Otter Dam

Refuge fauna and flora inventory

Beaver research paper