Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Tufted titmous, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Canada geese, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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River otter den, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Shelft fungus, photo by Dave Sauder
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Eastern painted turtles, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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St Andrew's cross, photo by Sage Russell
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White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Pearl crescent butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Bumblebee on buttonbush, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern gray squirrel, 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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Original artwork by Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci

Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, who co-founded Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, was an accomplished artist, using the natural world around her as inspiration. Below are links to some of Hope's artistry, from simple pen and ink sketches to more complex watercolors. You can right click on an image to view it in its own tab; use the Back button to return to this page.