Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Wild turkeys, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
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Turtles sharing stump in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Violet cort mushroom, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Vireo nest, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Female yellow-rumped warbler, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Turkey-tail fungus, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Baby striped skunk, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Main pond, photo by Mary Ann Gurka
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Main pond, frozen, covered in snow and paw prints, 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