Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, co-founder, and beaver kits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Male bufflehead in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Flying squirrels, photo by Al Francesconi
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Gray catbird eating dogwood berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Indian pipe, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Miller pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Otter, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
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Red-spotted purple butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Rusty blackbird eating berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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White-tailed deer in main pond, 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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Council of Trustees

Nedim C. Buyukmihci, President and Secretary
Ned is the son of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, founders of Unexpected Wildlife Refuge. He spent his high school years living at the Refuge and has been supporting the Refuge ever since. He is a vegan and a retired veterinarian.
Darwin Sawyer, Vice President
Darwin is a nephew of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci. He has been actively involved with the Refuge since the early 1960s. He is a vegan and retired.

Janet Romano Schubert, Treasurer
Janet is a long-time animal activist and supporter of the Refuge. She is a vegan, musician and teacher.

David Sauder
David is a long-time animal activist and supporter of the Refuge. He had the honor of knowing Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and patrolling the Refuge together with her years ago. He is a vegan, president of Animal Rights Activists of New Jersey, Inc., and a decades-long social worker.

Manager

Michael Puleo
Michael is an avid naturalist, backpacker and forager. He is a long time animal and environmental activist and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science. He is a vegan.

Legal Counsel

William M. Gilson, Esq.