Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Cottontail rabbit, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Pearl crescent butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Fowler's toad, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spindle-shape yellow coral fungus, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Bald eagle calling mate, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Katydid, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Indian pipe, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Northern water snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beavers, 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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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