Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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American grass spider, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Autumn meadowhawk dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Bald eagle on main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Black rat snakes mating, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Black vulture on Headquarters roof, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Blue toadflax, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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White-tailed deer in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Swallows over main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Green-winged teal male, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge 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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