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January 2018

Main pond, frozen, near sunset, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

20th: The main pond, surface frozen, at sunset one recent evening at the Refuge. The brightness of the sun created a stunning pink-purple lens flare. – VVH

Main pond in 1971, by Nancy Jonap One of the boardwalks in 1971, by Nancy Jonap

18th: Throwback to the Refuge as it was in 1971. Nancy Jonap, a long-time friend of the Refuge, was kind enough to share these photos with us from her time here more than 40 years ago. The main pond and a visitor walking the boardwalks are pictured. – VVH
#tbt #ThrowbackThursday #UWRHistory

17th: For your enjoyment, here are some of the beautiful photos taken by Mike McCormick, founder of South Jersey Trails, during one of his visits to the Refuge in December 2017. – VVH

Muddy Bog, frozen, by Mike McCormick Pine cone with snow, by Mike McCormick Reeds, by Mike McCormick

Grackles, red-winged blackbirds and starlings in flight, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo Grackles and red-winged blackbirds in trees, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

13th: I was fortunate to have a camera with me when a flock of grackles, red-winged blackbirds and a few starlings entered the sky above the Refuge. The birds took a full minute to pass by me and many landed in neighboring trees. – VVH

Dogwoods in spring, by Mike McCormick

11th: Throwback to this beautiful image of dogwood trees in bloom at the Refuge. This photo was taken in the spring of 2017 by Mike McCormick, founder of South Jersey Trails, a local New Jersey hiking group. – VVH
#tbt #ThrowbackThursday #UWRHistory #SouthJerseyTrails #warmerdays

Goldenrod at sunset, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

10th: A sprig of goldenrod backlit by the setting sun on the trails at the Refuge. – VVH

South Jersey Trails T-shirts for Unexpected Wildlife Refuge

9th: For those of you who are hiking enthusiasts, South Jersey Trails are raising funds for our Refuge through the sale of their T-shirts. If you already have enough Refuge T-shirts and want something a bit different, while still supporting us, you can go to South Jersey Trails' fund raising site. Be aware that shirts must be pre-ordered before the end of January and take 1-2 weeks for shipment. – VVH

Tufted titmouse in tree, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

8th: A tufted titmouse perches in a tree next to the trailheads on a cold day at the Refuge. Tufted titmice are among the few species of birds who store food for the winter months. – VVH

Reeds and crescent moon, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

6th: A crescent moon over the reeds at the Refuge. – VVH

Clouds reflected in main pond, courtesy Cliff Compton

4th: Throwback to this serene panorama of the main pond at sunset taken two years ago by Cliff Compton, Refuge guest and photographer. – VVH
#tbt #ThrowbackThursday #UWRHistory

Morning fog over main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

3rd: Fog hangs over the frost-covered flora surrounding the main pond. – VVH

Bald eagle perched on stump in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

1st: A bald eagle perches astride two forks of an old log in the middle of the main pond. – VVH

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