Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Ladybug on Headquarters stairs, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Lichen and fungi on log, photo by Dave Sauder
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Bald eagle calling in tree next to main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Barred owl in 1990, photo by Bernie Hehl
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Bearded iris near Miller House, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beavers on Refuge in 1984, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Belted kingfisher in tree on main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Bird tracks in snow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Black vulture on cabin barn, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Wood ducks near Wild Goose Blind, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera 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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Below are links to many of the photos involving Unexpected Wildlife Refuge.* Unless otherwise indicated, all depict the wildlife and habitat comprising the Refuge. You can right click on an image to view it in its own tab; use the Back button to return to this page.



Photographs that show wild animals being fed or handled by people or in artificial housing are included for historical purposes. In the long-term interests of the animals, Refuge policy no longer permits handling, supplemental feeding or the provision of artificial housing or habitat alteration.