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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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