Turnbull's abundant wetlands and expansive skies define this landscape.
The beautiful hoary bat is just one of the 11 species of bats found at Turnbull.
Turnbull's trumpeter swans are a big attraction for the visiting public.
Biscuits & Swales
Numerous species of flora abound in this rare and unique habitat.
Twenty-five waterfowl species use Turnbull as nesting or migratory stopover habitat.
Youth Conservation Corps
Turnbull received two awards for projects that resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption. The new office headquarters completed in 2009 received the 2010 U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy and Water Management Award for outstanding sustainable integrated design for energy and water conservation. Recent renovation of Turnbull's maintenance shop, resulting in a 32% reduction in energy consumption, earned the 2011 U.S. Department of the Interior's Environmental Achievement Award.
Sustainable Green Building
About the Complex
From prairie to subalpine forest, Turnbull, Little Pend Oreille, and Kootenai represent the unique beauty and diversity of wildlife and habitat of the Inland Northwest.
Turnbull is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Special Features & Events
This large, black and orange butterfly is likely one of the most iconic insects in the world. The monarch's annual life cycle and migration, its total reliance on milkweeds to complete this cycle and the spectacular aggregations of millions of monarchs at overwintering sites in Mexico and California are legendary. The monarch has been the subject of numerous books, research papers, classroom programs, and science fair projects for decades. This popular and once abundant species is now, however, in jeopardy.Learn More
- April 30, 2016
In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and National Wildlife Refuge Week, Turnbull partners with Spokane Audubon Society and Friends of Turnbull to host two major community planting events in the spring and fall.
Come join us in our efforts to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species.
Spring Community Planting Event
Turnbull NWR is seeking amazing photographs showcasing the incredible wildlife and habitats found on the refuge. The winning photo will be featured on the face of the 2017 annual refuge pass. Learn More about Contest Rules
- May 14, 2016
Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, insects and other wildlife. Explore the underwater world of refuge wetlands. Journey back through time to grasp the power of the Ice Age Floods. Get a close-up look at a raptor or a songbird. BEE dazzled by our pollinators and learn about all the great work by the Refuge and our partners to conserve our natural environment.
This year, Turnbull and our Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival partners are collaborating with the City of Cheney to combine efforts with the Mayfest celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Most information and activity booths will now be located in downtown Cheney. Several activities requiring natural habitats and open space will still be hosted on the refuge. Learn More
Feeling blue? Look for the western bluebird, the perfect indicator of a healthy, thriving ponderosa pine forest.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016