Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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White-tailed deer, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Oyster mushrooms, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Ruffed grouse drumming, photo by Ed Abbott
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White-breasted nuthatch, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Kerria, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Red-spotted purple butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Swamp loosestrife, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Rough green snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Ring-necked ducks, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Great egret, photo by Leor Veleanu

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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Literature by co-founder Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci

We include this literature here as a tribute to Hope and her unceasing efforts to protect all animals and to educate the public to do the same. When reading these, please bear in mind that these were written many years ago. The message of compassion and kindness, however, is timeless.

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Although we welcome attention by the news media, we have no control over what they publish and whether the Refuge is portrayed accurately.