Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beaver, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Wood duck, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Wild turkeys, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
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Great egret, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Water lilies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Great blue heron, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Black racer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Ruffed grouse, 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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Edmund J. Sawyer was a renowned naturalist and artist who spent much of his life observing and making sketches and portraits of the wildlife he encountered. He was also the father of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, the co-founder of Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, and inspired her to become a naturalist and artist in her own right. Although Edmund died many years ago, he did get a chance to visit the Refuge to see the wonderful work his daughter was doing. We pay tribute to this remarkable and talented man by providing links to some of his artwork. Each image opens up in a new tab/window.


Canvasback duck, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Chat, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Chickadee in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Chickadees in tree, black and white, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Chickadees in tree, color, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Cuckoo in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Field sparrow in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

House wren in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Nuthatch in tree, black and white, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Nuthatch in tree, color, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Oriole in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Red-tailed hawk on branch, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Red-winged blackbird landing on branch, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Robin in holly tree while snowing, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Ruffed grouse walking on ground, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Snipe walking on ground, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Thrush in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Vireo in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Whip-poor-will hiding on ground, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Wood duck family and water, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Wood duck swimming, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Wren on tree in the snow, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer

Yellow-bellied sapsucker pecking holes in tree, original artwork by Edmund J Sawyer