Turnbull's abundant wetlands and expansive skies define this landscape.
Moose are among the 44 mammals that can be observed on the refuge.
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.
Turnbull is Going Green
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
- May 18, 2013
Enjoy spring by experiencing and learning about the exceptional wildlife, habitats, and geology of the unique Channeled Scablands landscape. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with numerous organizations/agencies, is offering a free Spring nature festival with activities for families and individuals of all ages. Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, wildflowers, insects, other wildlife, and catch a glimpse of remnants of the ice age floods that created the diverse Scablands habitat. Nature hikes, tours, kids activities, and informational booths provided by a number of organizations will make for a wonderful spring day outdoors in this remarkable environment.
Some activities require reservations! Learn More
- May 11, 2013
In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and National Wildlife Refuge Week, Turnbull partners with Spokane Audubon Society 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
Share your Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge wildlife observations with others by participating in The Big Year Event!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: Mar 29, 2013